2021 – Medicine
Marcella LeBeau, Cheyenne River Sioux, is highly regarded for her health policy leadership spanning eight decades. Le Beau was a registered nurse and served in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps during World War II. Her fortitude and courage was recognized with the awarding of six highly distinguished medals, including the French Legion Medal of Honor, awarded in France in 2004 at the 60th Anniversary of D-Day. She was inducted into the South Dakota Hall of Fame and received the Women in History Award in 2016 from the Spirit of the Prairie Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. LeBeau has contributed to the health and well-being of Lakota people, World War II soldiers, and diverse populations of people. She served on the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Council from 1991 to 1995.