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Lakota woman broke ground as early entertainer

Rosebud Yellow Robe, a Lakota Sioux woman from South Dakota who went to New York City to live out her dream of being a stage and screen star, is the subject of a new memoir.

"The Real Rosebud: The Triumph of a Lakota Woman" by Marjorie Weinberg tells how Yellow Robe once turned down an offer by famed director Cecil B. DeMille. But after leaving the reservation in the 1970s, she enjoyed fame in New York City as the star of her own children's television show.

Every summer, Yellow Robe regaled children at Indian Village in Jones Beach with stories of her tribe and ancestors. She was a great-grandniece of Chief Sitting Bull and the granddaughter of Yellow Robe, a Lakota warrior who fought at the Battle of the Little Big Horn.

Yellow Robe died at age 85 in 1992.

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