American Indian Biographies (Magill's Choice) by Carole A. Barrett, Harvey Markowitz, R. Kent Rasmussen

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S. Army Artillery and Missile Center Museum, Fort Sill, Oklahoma. Ronald J. , and Ruth B. Phillips. Native North American Art. New York: Oxford University Press, 1998. Awa Tsireh Born: February 1, 1898; San Ildefonso Pueblo, New Mexico Died: March 12, 1955; San Ildefonso Pueblo, New Mexico Also known as: Alfonso Roybal Tribal affiliation: San Ildefonso Pueblo Significance: Alfonso Roybal, who signed his paintings Awa Tsireh, gained widespread recognition as a painter during the 1920’s and 1930’s; his paintings are included in many major museum collections.

One result of a cultural awakening among urban Indians who left reservations to seek employment was the creation during the late 1960’s of the American Indian Movement (AIM) in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. Vernon was a close collaborator with his brother and Dennis Banks, another Ojibwa activist, in building AIM to combat police harassment, to defend Indian rights, and to foster cultural renewal. He and other AIM members traveled to reservations in the Minnesota region to consult with traditional elders and spiritual leaders who taught them the history, traditions, and ceremonies of their suppressed heritage.

S. government to take over much of the remaining Sioux land. Into this situation came the hope offered by the Ghost Dance of the prophet Wovoka. The Ghost Dance was among the things that struck fear into white settlers in the area. A resolution by the citizens of Chadron, Nebraska, in November, 1890, requested that the secretary of war order all Sioux in the area be disarmed and deprived of their horses (Chadron is on the border with South Dakota). The Sioux people of the Pine Ridge, Rosebud, and Standing Rock reservations frequently visited the town.

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