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box 1: Interview Transcripts (1976-1983)
folder 1: Vessie Ioka Cesspooch (1976)
Daisy Jenks interviewed Mrs. Cesspooch, whose replies were interpreted by Jason Cuch. Topics include an incident where soldiers gave $50 to some Indians, soldiers at target practice, the death and burial of soldiers, and discussion of a group of White Rivers led by a man named "Moon." Length: 15 pages.
folder 2: Rebecca Cuch (1978)
Rebecca Cuch, interviewed by Jason Cuch, was born in White Rocks, but did not know the year. Topics include rations given to the Indians, medicinal plants, the Sun and Bear dances, living in Fort Duchesne, the school in White Rocks, and cattle. Length: 12 pages.
folder 3: Sam Deloria (1983)
Transcript of Deloria giving a speech. After an introductory story about Tiny Butt and John Crow, Deloria outlines the basis of governmental Indian policy--the legal opinions written by John Marshall, the cultural distinctness of Indian society, and the poverty of the Indian people. He also talks about the history of various policies and the effect of federal money on Indian culture. Length: 27 pages.
folder 4: Larry EchoHawk (1983)
Mr. EchoHawk (b. 1948) was interviewed by Greg Thompson in Sun Valley, Idaho. He details his genealogy and tribal affiliation (Pawnee) before describing his education and acceptance into a pre-law program designed to prepare Native Americans for admission to law school. He attended law school at the University of Utah and worked for California Indian Legal Services before setting up private practice in Salt Lake City. Mr. EchoHawk recalls his casework for various tribes, being hired as tribal attorney by the Shoshone-Bannock tribe in Southeastern Idaho, and being elected to the Idaho State Legislature. Length: 37 pages.
folder 5: Lucille EchoHawk (1983)
A partial transcript. EchoHawk talks about the program of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which placed Indian children with white families. She also discusses tensions between the Ute Mountain Utes and the Navajos, and her time in Washington, DC during the Carter administration. Length: 8 pages.
folder 6: Dr. Philleo Nash (1983)
The transcript begins in the middle of a conversation Nash is having with two unidentified persons. He recalls his days as a young anthropologist doing fieldwork on a reservation that included the Klamath, the Modoc, and the Paviotso bands during the Depression era. Nash also discusses tribal economics, the Indian Reorganization Act, and the effect termination had on the Klamath. He recalls his efforts to oppose Menominee termination in Wisconsin, his election as lieutenant governor of Wisconsin on an anti-termination platform, and being involved in Indian affairs during the Kennedy administration. Length: 43 pages.
folder 7: Al Ortiz and La Donna Harris (1983)
Speech given by Ortiz discussing the Indian Reorganization Act (IRA) of 1934, the efforts of the Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO), and the effects of government programs on the development of Indian leadership. La Donna Harris also discusses OEO programs, and the Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, and Carter administrations. Length: 27 pages.
folder 8: Charles F. Wilkinson (1983)
Wilkinson (b. 1941) recalls his education, early practice of law, and getting involved with the law firm setting up the Native American Rights Fund (NARF). He talks at length about the NARF organization.
box 2: Master Files
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This collection contains transcripts of two interviews conducted in the 1970s and six transcripts of interviews and speeches given during the Conference on Indian Self-Rule, which took place in Sun Valley, Idaho, in August 1983. The conference was sponsored by the Institute of the American West. In 1995 the Utah State University Press published a book which grew out of this conference entitled Indian Self-Rule: First-Hand Accounts of Indian-White Relations from Roosevelt to Reagan. These interviews are among those conducted during this conference.
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Gift of the American West Center in 2005.
Processed by Karen Carver in 2005.
American West Center
Materials are in English.
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