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Willie Doyeto (Kiowa) Part 3

It was a tragic, unexpected loss. Willie’s son and daughter-in-law, along with some others, were standing by their car alongside the highway checking their vehicle for a noise they...

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Willie Doyeto (Kiowa) Part 2

“I guess it was in June – the first part of June of 1963 that I couldn’t take it anymore. My body couldn’t take what I was doing –...

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Willie Doyeto (Kiowa) Part 1

Willie grew up in Hobert, Oklahoma in a pastor’s home. He recalls the Sunday gatherings at church along the river, how the ladies dressed… what they did. He tells...

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Dorothy Harvey (Navajo)

Dorothy grew up in Sweetwater, Arizona on the Navajo reservation where she lived without running and electricity. She tells about how they used to dress up rocks pretending they...

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Merritt Youngdeer (Cherokee) Part 2

Have you ever gotten tired of the way you’re living? Merritt did. He knew that what he was doing wasn’t right and it was taking a toll on him....

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Merritt Youngdeer (Cherokee) Part 1

Merritt sought to live a perfect life. He thought that this was necessary to be a Christian. But as much as he tried he found that he just couldn’t...

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Leona Olsen (Aleut)

Leona is from the village of Tatitlek on Prince William Sound in Alaska. She grew up in a large family as one of ten children. At the age of...

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Martin Bear (Cree – Maliseet) Part 2

Martin believed that he would die an alcoholic. His wife coped with his drinking by abusing prescription meds. When it landed her in the hospital Martin didn’t care. But...

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Martin Bear (Cree – Maliseet) Part 1

Martin was abandoned by his parents when he was thirteen years old. It was then that he had his first taste of alcohol. It wouldn’t be his last. The...

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Gus Jenson (Athabascan)

Gus was from old Iliamna Village. He speaks of how life was back in the old days. They lived off the land without the conveniences of modern day Alaska....

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