Indigenous Firsts: A History of Native American Achievements and Events (Hardcover)

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Indigenous Firsts: A History of Native American Achievements and Events By Yvonne Wakim Dennis, Arlene Hirschfelder, Paulette F. Molin Cover Image


A celebration of achievement, accomplishments, and courage

Native American Medal of Honor recipients, Heisman Trophy recipients, U.S. Olympians, a U.S. vice president, Congressional representatives, NASA astronauts, Pulitzer Prize recipients, U.S. poet laureates, Oscar winners, and more. The first Native magician, all-Native comedy show, architects, attorneys, bloggers, chefs, cartoonists, psychologists, religious leaders, filmmakers, educators, physicians, code talkers, and inventors. Luminaries like Jim Thorpe, King Kamehameha, Debra Haaland, and Will Rogers, along with less familiar notables such as Native Hawaiian language professor and radio host Larry Lindsey Kimura and Cree/Mohawk forensic pathologist Dr. Kona Williams. Their stories plus the stories of 2000 other people, events and places are presented in Indigenous Firsts: A History of Native American Achievements and Events, including ...

  • Suzanne Van Cooten, Ph.D., Chickasaw Nation, the first Native female meteorologist in the country
  • Caleb Cheeshahteaumuck, Wampanoag from Martha's Vineyard, graduate of Harvard College in 1665
  • Debra Haaland, the Pueblo of Laguna, U.S. Congresswoman and Secretary of the Interior
  • Thomas L. Sloan, Omaha, was the first Native American to argue a case before the U.S. Supreme Court
  • William R. Pogue, Choctaw, astronaut
  • Johnston Murray, Chickasaw, the first person of Native American descent to be elected governor in the United States, holding the office in Oklahoma from 1951 to 1955
  • The National Native American Honor Society was founded by acclaimed geneticist Dr. Frank C. Dukepoo, the first Hopi to earn a Ph.D.
  • Louis Sockalexis, Penobscot, became the first Native American in the National Baseball League in 1897 as an outfielder with the Cleveland Spiders
  • Jock Soto, Navajo/Puerto Rican, the youngest-ever man to be the principal dancer with the New York City Ballet
  • The Iolani Palace, constructed 1879-1882, the home of the Hawaiian royal family in Honolulu
  • Ben Nighthorse Campbell, Northern Cheyenne, U.S. representative and U.S. senator from Colorado
  • Gerald Vizenor, White Earth Nation, writer, literary critic, and journalist for the Minneapolis Tribune
  • Ely S. Parker (Hasanoanda, later Donehogawa), Tonawanda Seneca, lieutenant colonel in the Union Army, serving as General Ulysses S. Grant's military secretary
  • Lori Arviso Alvord, the first Navajo woman to become a board-certified surgeon
  • The Choctaw people's 1847 donation to aid the Irish people suffering from the great famine
  • Otakuye Conroy-Ben, Oglala Lakota, first to earn an environmental engineering Ph.D. at the University of Arizona
  • Diane J. Willis, Kiowa, former President of the Society of Pediatric Psychology and founding editor of the Journal of Pediatric Psychology
  • Loren Leman, Alutiiq/Russian-Polish, was the first Alaska Native elected lieutenant governor
  • Carissa Moore, Native Hawaiian, won the Gold Medal in Surfing at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics
  • Will Rogers, Cherokee, actor, performer, humorist was named the first honorary mayor of Beverly Hills
  • Foods of the Southwest Indian Nations by Lois Ellen Frank, Kiowa, was the first Native American cookbook to win the James Beard Award
  • Diane Humetewa, Hopi, nominated by President Barack Obama, became the first Native American woman to serve as a federal judge

Indigenous Firsts honors the ongoing and rich history of personal victories and triumphs, and with more than 200 photos and illustrations, this information-rich book also includes a helpful bibliography and an extensive index, adding to its usefulness. This vital collection will appeal to anyone interested in America's amazing history and its resilient and skilled Indigenous people.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781578598076
ISBN-10: 1578598079
Publisher: Visible Ink Press
Publication Date: October 25th, 2022
Pages: 496
Language: English