Sarah Winnemucca

Sarah Winnemucca, Native American Activist, honored as Nevada places her statue in the National Statuary Hall Collection in the United States Capitol.

The National Statuary Hall Collection in the United States Capitol is comprised of statues donated by individual states to honor persons notable in their history. The entire collection now consists of 98 statues contributed by 50 states. Nevada officially dedicated the statue of Sarah Winnemucca, Native American activist, as its second statue on March 9, 2005. New Mexico and North Dakota are the remaining two states to add a second statue.

The Nevada Women’s History project initiated the project to designate Sarah Winnemucca as Nevada’s second statue. Nevada Assemblywoman Marcia de Braga sponsored Assembly Bill 267 (2001), The bill was passed by the Nevada Assembly and Senate with no objections and signed into law by the Governor on May 29, 2001.

With the addition of Sarah Winnemucca to the U.S. Capitol Collection, there are now eight women so honored. The other seven include: Colorado, Florence R. Sabin; Illinois, Frances E. Willard; Minnesota; Maria L. Sanford; Montana, Jeanette Rankin; North Dakota, Sakakawea (Sacagawea); Washington, Mother Joseph; and Wyoming – Esther Hobart Morris.

The Nevada Women’s History Project had the responsibility to raise the funds for the creation of the statue over the intervening four years. The group envisioned the statue as an opportunity to use this Native American’s life and accomplishments to provide an example of courage to all Americans. Educational projects for Nevada’s children are a part of the Sarah Winnemucca Statue Project.

Congratulations to the Nevada Women’s History Project on this remarkable achievement.

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