Maria Tallchief was a famous Native American prima ballerina. In 1996, Tallchief received a Kennedy Center Honor and was inducted the National Women’s Hall of Fame. She received the National Medal of Arts, the highest award given to artists and arts patrons by the U.S. government.
1. NY Times Article “Maria Tallchief, a Dazzling Ballerina and Muse for Balanchine, Dies at 88“