The daughter and granddaughter of Paiute Indian chiefs
from Nevada, Sarah Winnemucca was later named a chief
in her own right. She spent her adult life calling
public attention to the terrible treatment of Indians
under U.S. government policies, and lobbying Congress
to improve conditions for her people on the reservation
they had been forced to occupy. She wrote extensively
and traveled across the country to lecture on the difficult
situation facing the Paiutes and other Indian nations.
As a result of her work, Congress eventually approved a grant of land in Nevada for Indian use.