Keeper of the Female Medicine Bundle – Dr. A.C. Ross
This book has valuable information about a Dakota Matriarch. She has lived the values held most high by the Santee Dakota. It provides a dear connection to the feminine teachings. The book is filled with warmth and futuristic insight Having been raised in Anglo foster homes, it provided me an excellent perception into Dakota life.
– Brenda Bellonger, Sisseton/Wahpeton Dakota Attorney at Law, Lakewood, CO
What an honor for Wihopa to have her story documented while she is still with us. Wihopa said, “I just did it instinctively, it didn’t hurt me to help,” demonstrates her Dakota heritage. This message transcends her life with an insight into a broader picture for mankind. Thank you, Wihopa, you have been an excellent example for me.
– A. Gay Kingman – Wapato, Miniconju Lakota National Indian Gaming Association, Washington, D.C.
Wihopa, more commonly known as “Grandma Ross” has always been my role model. If my grandparents, Felix and Agnes Heminger, were alive to read this wonderful book about her life, they would be as proud as L Wihopa has encouraged me, challenged me, and believed in me. May her example continue to help others.
– Judith (Winona) Hansen Petersen, Mdewakanton Dakota Chairperson, Flandreau Santee Sioux, 1987-90
This is an important book for all people. It chronicles the essence of Wihopa (Agnes Ross) — educator and tribal leader, who led the way and always made those of us who followed feel special. It also stretches our intellect to new heights of understanding that people are just beginning to appreciate.
– Sandra J. Fox, Ed.D., Oglala Lalcota Office of Indian Education Programs, Washington, D.C.