July 27, 2012

Sakakawea named to Time Magazine's 20 Most Influential Americans of All Time list

Time Magazine recently recognized the national significance of the Lewis and Clark Expedition by naming Meriwether Lewis & William Clark and Sakakawea as three of the 20 most influential Americans of all time.

“Time’s recognition reinforces what we already know: This is a nationally important story,” said David Borlaug, president of the Lewis & Clark Fort Mandan Foundation. “With so much of that story playing out right here in North Dakota, we are especially proud.”            

The Shoshone girl, who was captured by the Hidatsa in 1800, served as a guide for explorers Lewis and Clark during their Corps of Discovery.             

The list also includes the ranks of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Albert Einstein, Steve Jobs and others. Sakakawea and Sitting Bull are the only North Dakotans to make the list.

“As North Dakotans, we should all be very proud of this young woman’s incredible contribution to our country,” Borlaug said.

The list of the 20 most influential Americans of all time is from the new Time book, The 100 Most Influential People of All Time.

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