Cotton Cloth Ornament of Grace Thorpe No Teno Quah is about 5 inches high.
We're celebrating and honoring No Teno Quah, also known as Grace Thorpe, a Corporal of the Women's Army Corps (WAC) and Native rights and environmental activist.
Here's Grace's story:
- Grace is a direct descendent of Sac and Fox chief Black Hawk. Grace explained her name, No Teno Quah, meant power of the wind before a storm.
- During World War II, Grace Thorpe served as a corporal in the Women’s Army Corps and received a Bronze Star for her service in the New Guinea campaign.
- After the war ended, she served as the personnel interviewer for General Douglas MacArthur at his headquarters in Tokyo.
- Back in the US, she became a Native rights and environmental activist and is known for joining the Alcatraz Island occupation for three months in 1969. Later she lobbied before the Senate Appropriations Committee to support the use of surplus Federal land by Native Peoples who did not live on reservations.
- Eventually Grace Thorpe became a tribal district court judge.
- Grace Thorpe Ornament about 5 inches high and hand-crafted.
- A 1.25 inch metal button displaying the emblem of the Women's Army Corps of the US Army.