The Spirit of the Prairie Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will be honoring Marcella LeBeau with a Women in History Award on March 3, 2016 at 2 p.m. in the education room at the South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre, S.D.
The emphasis of the Women in American History Award is on the role of women, past and present, in American History. The Spirit of the Prairie Chapter of the D.A.R. chose Marcella for her many contributions to her community, state, and country.
Marcella LeBeau is a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and a descendant of Chief Four Bears. Marcella’s contributions included; service to her country in the Army Nurse Corps during WWII, service to her community as a nurse for Indian Health Services in Eagle Butte, S.D., service to her tribe as a tribal councilwoman, recipient of the French Legion of Honor given to her in 2004 on the 60th Anniversary of D-Day, inductee to the South Dakota Hall of Fame, and founding member of the North American Indian Women’s Association.
Her ancestor Chief Four Bears was one of the Fool Soldiers who rescued the women and children captured from Lake Shetek during the Dakota Uprising in 1862. Marcella has an ongoing relationship with the descendants of the captives who have created a scholarship for Fool Soldiers descendants in thanks to the Fools soldiers who traded their belongings for the captives’ release.
She also helped in preserving history when she worked to get a Ghost Dance shirt repatriated from the Kelvin Grove Museum in Scotland; the shirt is now on display at the South Dakota Historical Society in Pierre, S.D.
Marcella will give a brief talk regarding the return of the Ghost Dance shirt at Thursday’s honoring