The Nipo T. (Tach-Num-Chtu-Tum-Nah) Strongheart (May 15, 1891 White Swan, WA - December 31, 1966 Satus,WA) Collection at Yakama Nation Library  

The Nipo T. (Tach-Num-Chtu-Tum-Nah) Strongheart (May 15, 1891 White Swan, WA - December 31, 1966 Satus,WA) Collection at Yakama Nation Library  

The Yakama Nation Library is home to a treasure trove of Pacific Northwest history and Indigenous American ethnology text, collected by Nipo T. Strongheart prior-to and after the signing of the Indian Citizenship Act of June 2nd 1924

In 1966, Native activist Nipo Strongheart— a Hollywood actor who was adopted by a Yakama Nation family— willed his approximately 10,000 volume collection of publications to the Yakama Nation. The donation was made for the “sole purpose of establishing a Yakima Nation Memorial Library and Museum in Honor of our forefathers, the First Americans'' (Agreement Respecting Settlement and Distribution of Estate, 1968).

 The donation of books and artifacts initiated the creation of the Yakama Nation Heritage Cultural Center in Toppenish, Washington, in 1982. The campus consists of the library, gift shop, museum, theater, and winter lodge meeting room. The library houses the Strongheart book collection donation, boxes of Nipo Strongheart’s personal correspondence papers and out of print Yakama Nation books, Yakama Nation language/historical/cultural items that are in various out of date formats. The museum houses the Strongheart artifact collection.  The Strongheart Digitization Project at Yakama Nation Cultural Center and Library represents the life and legacy of Nipo T. (Tach-Num-Chtu-Tum-Nah) Strongheart.   

Items in Collection: 
Community
Yakama
Category
Artistry and Artifacts, Education
Summary
Nipo StrongHeart became part of the show as a child in 1902
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Community
Yakama
Category
Lifeways
Community
Yakama
Category
Education
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Community
Yakama
Category
Government to Government Relations
Summary
Nipo Strongheart utilized his influence in popular American culture to campaign for Columbia River Basin Tribal -Sovereignty and Citizenship
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Community
Yakama, Yakima Valley Libraries
Category
Education, Lifeways
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Community
Yakama, Yakima Valley Libraries
Category
Education, Lifeways
Summary
Actor Nipo Strongheart, left, posing with fellow actor Tyrone Power, Sr. on movie set.
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Community
Yakama
Category
Artistry and Artifacts, Lifeways
Summary
Chief of Indian Police Umatilla Reservation
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Community
Yakama, Yakima Valley Libraries
Category
Education, Lifeways
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Community
Yakama, Yakima Valley Libraries
Category
Education, Lifeways
Community
Yakama, Yakima Valley Libraries
Category
Education, Lifeways
Community
Yakama, Yakima Valley Libraries
Category
Education, Lifeways
Community
Yakama
Category
Education, Government to Government Relations, Lifeways
Summary
Yakama descendent and honorary member of the Yakama George Mitchell Jr., later known as Nipo T. Strongheart was born May 15th, 1891 on the Yakama Reservation in White Swan to George and Leonora (Williams) Mitchell.
Community
Yakama
Category
Education, Lifeways
Summary
Signed by Nipo Strongheart. Illustrated short poems. A poetic version of Chief Joseph’s narrative.