Sarah Winnemucca may get her day in Nevada

CARSON CITY — A bill designating Oct. 16 as Sarah Winnemucca Day in Nevada was approved Tuesday by the Assembly Government Affairs Committee.

Assembly Bill 435, to honor the Paiute princess who served as a translator for the U.S. military in the 1800s, now moves to the full Assembly.

Winnemucca could speak five languages by the age of 14 and spent much of her life negotiating between different cultures and educating others about the harsh life of her people.

Winnemucca was born in 1844 in western Nevada. Her grandfather was chief of the Paiute tribe. She died on Oct. 16, 1861.

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

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