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Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve is a well-respected teacher and the author of several children’s history books and adult non-fiction about Native Americans. Born February 21, 1933, on the Rosebud Indian Reservation, Sneve has worked to dispel the common stereotypes of Native Americans and to document their proud histories through her writings, often drawing from her ancestors’ own experiences on the reservations.
Sneve is a graduate of South Dakota State University, where she earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in 1954 and 1969, respectively. She has taught in the South Dakota public school system as well as on the Flandreau Indian Reservation and at Oglala Lakota College. Among her most popular works are Jimmy Yellow Hawk (1977), High Elk’s Treasure and Completing the Circle (both 1995), When Thunder Spoke (1974), and The Chichi Hoohoo Bogeyman (1975).
President Bill Clinton presented Driving Hawk Sneve with a National Humanities Medal in Washington, D.C., on December 20, 2000, when he honored twenty-four people for supporting the growth and availability of the Arts and Humanities to the general public. Driving Hawk Sneve is the first South Dakotan to receive the National Humanities Medal.
Read more about Virginia’s Legacy of Achievement here.