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Zitkala-Sa (Red Bird), also known as Gertrude Simmons Bonnin, was a writer, composer, and activist for American Indian rights.

Zitkala-Sa (or "Red Bird") -1898 “Here the old woman began: ” Why, my grandchild, they are signs, — secret signs i dare not tell you. I shall, however, tell you a wonderful story about a woman who had a cross tattooed upon each of her cheeks.” American Indian Stories, Legends, and Other Writings By Zitkala-Sa

Zitkala-Sa, 1898, by Gertrude Kasebier. Zitkala-sa ("Red Bird") 1876-1938. Born on the Yankton Sioux Reservation, S. Dakota. AKA Gertrude Simmons Bonnin. She was a writer, musician, and activist. Founded National Council of American Indians in 1926. Played violin with the New England Conservatory of Music, Boston.

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American Indian Stories

American Indian Stories by Zitkala-Sa Born on South Dakota's Yankton Reservation in 1876, Zitkala-Sa felt 'as free as the wind that blew my hair, and no less spirited than a bounding deer.' At the age of 8, she traded her freedom for the iron discipline of a Quaker boarding school. Forever afterward, the Lakota Sioux author struggled to find a balance between Indian and white society. These autobiographical essays, short stories, and political writings offer her poignant...

Johnny Cash God's Gonna Cut You Down Though he did not have Native American ancestry, his empathy and compassion for Native Americans were unabated. These feelings were expressed in several of his songs, including "Apache Tears" and "The Ballad of Ira Hayes", and on his album, Bitter Tears: Ballads of the American Indian....and this song