Chalkboard Champion Elaine Goodale Eastman: She Was a Sister to the Sioux

574055-M[1]One of the most fascinating books I have read in recent times was Sister to the Sioux: The Memoirs of Elaine Goodale Eastman (1863-1953). This inspirational teacher was born and raised in New England, but decided to give up all the comforts of home to travel to a South Dakota Indian reservation. She wanted to establish a day school for Sioux Indians because it was her strong belief that it was better to educate Native Americans in their tribal environments rather than follow the alternative practice, which was to take the children out of their homes and send them far away from home and family to Indian boarding schools. Before long, this talented classroom teacher was promoted to the position of Superintendent of Indian Education for the Two Dakotas. While serving in this capacity, Elaine witnessed the Wounded Knee Massacre, and with her fiance, Santee Sioux Indian Dr. Charles “Ohiyesa” Eastman, nursed the Native American survivors back to health. Great story, well worth taking the time to read. You can find this book on at the following link:

Sister to the Sioux: The Memoirs of Elaine Goodale Eastman

If you prefer, you could read a chapter about her in my book, Chalkboard Champions. See the following link to

Chalkboard Champions