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Paiute Indian teen sues school district, 1923 – and wins

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This item from CSA Steering Committee member Elaine Elinson:

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Elaine Elinson and recent human right exhibition

Alice Piper, a 15-year-old Paiute Indian girl, knocked on the door of the recently built Big Pine Grammar and High School seeking to register for classes.  She and six of her Indian friends were refused admission – denied enrollment because they were Indian.   So they headed to the courthouse where they filed a lawsuit that challenged school segregation in Inyo County – and had an impact all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.  The year was 1923.

Read more about the story and the Exhibit Envoy exhibition here.
[LMC]

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