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Journal of Women in Educational Leadership, Vol. 4, No. 4---October 2006 ISSN: 1541-6224
On March 1,2005, Congressman Jon Porter of Nevada addressed Congress on a bill to allow for the placement of a statue of Sarah Winnemucca into the National Statutory Hall. "Sarah led an incredible life," Porter asserted, adding that Winnemucca "has become a part of Nevada history that will never be forgotten" (Porter, 2005). One of only eight women represented in the National Statutory Hall Collection, Winnemucca was a spokesperson and advocate for Indian rights. Her autobiography, Life Among the Piutes, the first published book by a Native American woman, relates the story of white settlement from the Native American perspective. Although she died at the age of 47, Winnemucca's accomplishments were numerous; she is revered as an educator and defender of human rights.