Black and white photograph of Meridel Le Sueur (right) with writer and poet Molly Culligan (left), 1980.

Meridel Le Sueur (right) with writer and poet Molly Culligan (left)

Meridel Le Sueur (right) with writer and poet Molly Culligan (left), 1980.

Black and white photograph of Meridel Le Sueur, c.1975.

Meridel Le Sueur, c.1975.

Meridel Le Sueur, c.1975.

Black and white photograph left to right: Gerald Vizenor, Chester Anderson, and Meridel Le Sueur, c.1974.

Left to right: Gerald Vizenor, Chester Anderson, and Meridel Le Sueur

Left to right: Gerald Vizenor, Chester Anderson, and Meridel Le Sueur, c.1974.

Black and white photograph of Meridel Le Sueur, c. 1940.

Meridel Le Sueur

Meridel Le Sueur, c.1940.

Le Sueur, Meridel (1900–1996)

For more than seventy years, the Minnesota-based writer and activist Meridel Le Sueur was a voice for oppressed peoples worldwide. Beginning in the 1920s, she championed the struggles of workers against the capitalist economy, the efforts of women to find their voices and their power, the rights of American Indians to their lands and their cultures, and environmentalist causes.

Oil on canvas painting of Dakota Indians in council, 1852. Painting by Seth Eastman

Dakota Indian Council

Oil on canvas painting of Dakota Indians in council, 1852. Painting by Seth Eastman.

Water color painting of a Medicine Dance of the Dakota, 1847. Painting by Seth Eastman.

Dakota Medicine Dance

Water color painting of a Medicine Dance of the Dakota, 1847. Painting by Seth Eastman.

Graphite drawing of a Dakota woman processing a hide, c.1845. Drawing by Seth Eastman.

Dakota woman scraping a hide

Graphite drawing of a Dakota woman processing a hide, c.1845. Drawing by Seth Eastman.

Oil-on-canvas portrait of Harriet Bishop. Painted c.1880 by Andrew Falkenshield; based on an engraving of Bishop made in 1860.

Harriet Bishop

Oil-on-canvas portrait of Harriet Bishop. Painted c.1880 by Andrew Falkenshield; based on an engraving of Bishop made in 1860.

Graphite drawing of Fort Snelling, 1863.

Graphite drawing of Fort Snelling

Graphite drawing of Fort Snelling, 1863.

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