Jean Adeline Morgan Wanatee was born in 1910 on the Meskwaki Indian Settlement in Tama, Iowa. She was a member of the peaceful Wolf Clan. As a child, she attended the Sac and Fox Day School in Tama, the Flandreau Indian School in South Dakota and then, in the 8th grade, returned to Iowa to attend Tama Public Schools. Wanatee and her husband Frank David Wanatee raised 7 children on the settlement. Spending most of her life at the Meskwaki Settlement in Tama, Wanatee worked tirelessly for the rights of American Indians and for the rights of all minority women. She believed that American Indian children should be educated in local public schools under tribal control rather than sent to government boarding schools far from their families. She worked for the preservation of Indian culture by speaking and teaching the Meskwaki language and creating and teaching Meskwaki arts. She was the 1st Native American to be inducted to the Iowa Women's Hall of Fame.
Iowa Women's Hall of Fame.
Gaylord Torrence and Robert Hobbs, Art of the Red Earth People: The Mesquakie of Iowa (1989)
Research from Charlotte M. Wright. "Wanatee, Jean Adeline Morgan" The Biographical Dictionary of Iowa. University of Iowa Press, 2009.