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October, 2013

Did You Know They're Native III? Open at the Mitchell
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Illinois: The Mitchell Museum of the American Indian in Evanston has unveiled the third and newest edition of "Did You Know They're Native?" The exhibit, which opened in July, 2013, includes photos and biographical information of 25 noteworthy people of American Indian descent. Many are celebrities and industry leaders. Some are new faces who have made major contributions in their fields.

First opened in July 2011, the ongoing exhibit spotlights American Indians of the present and past. While these individuals have varying percentages of Native ancestry, all have celebrated their Native heritage.

"Did You Know They're Native III?" features the following people:

Evan Adams, Sliammon First Nation of British Columbia
Physician; film and television actor

Dan Akee, Navajo
Congressional Medal of Honor
Winner; Navajo Code Talker in World War II who transmitted secret battlefield messages using a code based on their tribal language

Blair Atcheynum, Cree First Nation
 Former professional hockey player and NHL veteran. 

Elias Boudinot, Cherokee
Editor of the Cherokee Phoenix, the first Native American newspaper

Alice Brown Davis, Seminole
Educator, rancher, postmistress, interpreter; the first woman Seminole chief  (1922 - 1935)

John B. Herrington, Chickasaw
NASA astronaut and commander; the first enrolled tribal member to fly in outer space

Ericka Hinton, Apache
Member of the all female Apache 8 wildfire firefighting squad from the White Mountain Apache tribe

Jodi Gillette, Standing Rock Sioux
Senior policy advisor for Native American affairs on the White House Domestic Policy Council

Woodrow W. Keeble, Sioux
Highly decorated World War II and Korean War combat veteran; the first full blooded Sioux to receive the Medal of Honor

Wayne Newton, Cherokee and Powhatan descent
Pop singer and Las Vegas entertainment figure

Shelley Niro, Mohawk
Photographer, painter, sculptor, bead worker, multimedia artist, and  filmmaker.

Samson Occom, Mohegan
Teacher and spiritual leader in colonial New England. One of the first ordained Christian Indian ministers. Wrote one of the first American Indian autobiographies

Harlan Pruden, Cree
Co-founder of New York's Northeast Two-Spirit Society, a support group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered Native people

Queen Anne, Pamunkey
A chief of the Pamunkey tribe who fought for the rights of her people in colonial Virginia

John Red Corn, Osage
 Architect; co-founder of Blue Star Studio, Inc. whose projects include green and sustainable developments in Indian country

Ben Reifel, Sioux
First Congressman from the Sioux nation;
earned his masters and doctorate degrees at Harvard; helped establish the National Endowment for the Humanities

Yvette Roubideaux, Rosebud Sioux Physician and public health administrator; the first woman director of the Indian Health Service, a federal agency

Santanta, Kiowa
Chief and warrior known as the "The Orator of the Plains"

Tichkematse (aka Squint Eyes), Cheyenne
19th century "warrior artist" known for his ink and watercolor drawings of southern Plains life and his work for the Smithsonian Institution

Maria Tallchief, Osage
International prima ballerina and first Native American woman to break into ballet

Jim Thorpe, Sac and Fox
Legendary all around athlete; gold medal runner at the 1912 Olympics; professional football and baseball player

Touch the Clouds, Minneconjou Sioux
Remembered for his military prowess, courage, and abilities as a negotiator and a diplomat

Floyd Red Crow Westerman, Dakota Sioux
Concert and recording artist; activist; film and TV actor

Wovoka, Paiute
Mystic who founded the Ghost Dance religion in the late 19th century


William Yellow Robe, Jr., Assiniboine and Sioux  
Award winning playwright, director, poet, actor, and educator.

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