Paiute Winnemucca will have her own special day in Nevada

Updated May 17, 2017 - 6:37 pm

CARSON CITY — Sarah Winnemucca, a Paiute princess who served as a translator for the U.S. military in the 1800s and spent much of her life negotiating between different cultures, will have her own special day in Nevada.

The Senate on Wednesday unanimously approved Assembly Bill 435, which designates Oct. 16 as Sarah Winnemucca Day. It previously passed the Assembly on a unanimous vote and now goes to Gov. Brian Sandoval.

The granddaughter of a Paiute tribal chief, Winnemucca was born in 1844 in western Nevada. She spoke five languages, addressed President Rutherford Hayes and Secretary of the Interior Carl Schurz about the plight of the Paiute Tribe. She also gave hundreds of lectures, founded a school and published a memoir.

Winnemucca died Oct. 16, 1891.

A statue of Winnemucca stands in the lobby of the Nevada Capitol and in the National Statuary Hall at the U.S. Capitol.

Contact Sandra Chereb at or 775-461-3821. Follow @SandraChereb on Twitter.

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