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Author to discuss Yankton Indian book

An investigation into the unique life of Zitkala-Sa, a Yankton Indian woman who lived and worked in Utah's Uintah reservation, will be presented Thursday, Oct. 9, at 11 a.m. at Brigham Young University.

Doreen Rappaport, the author of "The Making of a Biography: The Flight of Red Bird, the Life of Zitkala-Sa," will give her lecture in Room 115 of the McKay Building. The event is co-sponsored by the Lee Library and the department of teacher education.A book-signing will be held at 12:15 p.m. in the BYU Bookstore. The public is welcome to attend both events.

Zitkala-Sa, a writer, musician, orator and influential reformer in the early Pan-Indian movement, worked for 13 years on the reservation near Vernal, Utah.

In 1901, Zitkala-Sa, also known by her European name Gertrude Bonnin, wrote a first-person memoir that was discovered years later by Rappaport. Her subsequent five years of research were spent at the University of South Dakota, Uintah County Public Library and the BYU Lee Library.