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NASO of SCC presents: Rose Ann Abrahamson & Lacey Bacon-Abrahamson, Fall 2023

Meet Rose Ann Abrahamson

Smiling woman with dark hair and glasses wearing a gold shirt and Native American beaded necklace

"I am an Agai Dika (Lemhi), and the familial descendant of Sacajawea and Pomp. I come through the lineage of Lemhi Chiefs, Chief Cameahwait, Chief Snag and the last leader of the Lemhi, Chief Tendoy, and the last recognized chief of the Shoshone Bannock Tribes, Chief Willie George. I am proud to be a recognized familial descendant of Sacajawea, who was a Lemhi Shoshone, an American heroine, and the first Native woman to be recognized and put on a national coin."

4 native Americans standing in a field wearing traditional beadwork

In preparation for her visit to SCC, Rose Ann Abrahamson shared this image of her ancestors:

"My great-great grandfather Chief Tendoy is second from the left, and my great-great grandmother Pah-Booey is far right. This photo was taken by William Henry Jackson who took photos of the Yellowstone region, which is the eastern extension of our Agai Dika homeland."

Rose Ann Abrahamson's service and acheivements

  • Agai Dika (Lemhi Shoshoni) cultural historian, consultant and fluent speaker of the dialect.
  • Raised in the traditional homeland of Sacajawea. And, at the request of Lemhi elders, along with sister Rozina George established the Sacajawea Interpretive Center in the traditional homeland of what is now the Lemhi Valley.

  • Has also traveled extensively throughout the United States, e.g. the Smithsonian and the White House, to present the history of Sacajawea and her people.

  • Has presented and assisted in the production of documentaries, writings, research, and numerous dedications of and for her famous great-great-great aunt, Sacajawea.

  • Holds a MA from the University of Chicago and BA from the University of New Mexico.

  • Has 25+ years in the field of education and instruction for elementary, secondary, and university students.

  • Currently instructs tribal adults in education and culture, presents historical lectures, symposiums, and talks on the history of Sacajawea and her people and on historical/contemporary Indigenous culture and history.

  • Provides university and public educators with instructional techniques and consultation on Indigenous instruction in Southeastern Idaho and Boise State University annually.

  • Strongly believes that Education bridges cultures and societies.


Images and text used with permission of Rose Ann Abrahamson and Lacey Bacon-Abrahamson. 11/13/2023