Research Proposal: Nevada History

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Nevada History

I first heard about Sarah Winnemucca while attending a seminar on prominent Native American women. Already interested in the "wild west," I thought that visiting Nevada during the late nineteenth century would be an optimal way for me to see first hand what Native American relations were like. I also wanted to see for myself what one Native American woman might be able to accomplish in spite of both her gender and her ethnicity. Because Sarah Winnemucca was drawing quite a following around the United States I decided to first hear her speak on the East coast, in Boston in 1883. Winnemucca was adept at public speaking, and I thought it would be important to hear her speak before meeting her in person and seeing what her impact on the state of Nevada was when she started the school for Native American children in 1884. When I saw her speak in Boston, she was with her husband Lewis H. Hopkins. Winnemucca and Hopkins met in San Francisco, and the two of them were on a lecture circuit together. While on the circuit, Winnemucca delivered about three hundred lectures related to Native American experiences, rights and relations (Library of Congress). Her impact was especially poignant in Nevada, so I spent the rest of my weeklong sojourn in Sarah Winnemucca's home state.

Sarah Winnemucca was a member of the Northern Paiute tribe, the son of Chief Winnemucca. According to the Library of Congress, Winnemucca was born in the Humbolt River and Pyramid Lakes area of western Nevada. Thus, I was determined to visit the place of her birth in order to see where she came from and to interact with some of the Paite people who might have known Sarah in her youth. Her Paiute name was Thocmetony, meaning Shell Flower. I learned that Sarah became one of only two Paiutes in Nevada who could read, write, and speak English (Library of Congress). Her being a bridge between Native Americans and the settlers stemmed partly from the work of her grandfather Chief Truckee. Chief Truckee encouraged Sarah to pursue a career in translation working for the United States Army because he had worked for many years with John C. Fremont in local cartography expeditions.

The Paiute people I met on my first and second days in Nevada knew Sarah and her family. Each person noted that they admired the work of the Winnemuccas, and hoped that they could pave the way for improved relations between Native peoples and the settlers. One of the Paiutes gave me a copy of Sarah's newly published book, Life Among the Piutes: Their Wrongs and Claims, as a gift. The book detailed broken promises made to the Paiute tribe, and contained much of the lecture material I heard Winnemucca speak of in Boston.

On my third day in Nevada, I was excited to meet Sarah Winnemucca herself. Sarah was dressed in her traditional garb and was gregarious and passionate when she spoke about the issues that mattered most to her: the plight of the Paiute people. Sarah told me that "the white emigration west continued to encroach on Paiute territory," and that "whites insisted on moving all Indians onto reservations," ("Sarah Winnemucca"). The Paiutes, Sarah… [END OF PREVIEW]

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