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American Indian Oral History: Interview with Sioux Indian Center Board Members

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00:00:00 - Introduction

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Partial Transcript: Linda Rudloff (LR): The Board members and the Chairman of the Indian Sioux Center which is located on 48th and Redmond. Okay, I'd like everybody to introduce themselves and
what role they have to do with the Indian Center.

Segment Synopsis: Linda Rudloff instigates an interview with the Chairman and board members of the Indian Sioux Center in Omaha, NE in 1977. JH shares about the structure and purpose of the center.

Keywords: Native American; Nebraska; Omaha; Sioux; Sioux Indian Center

00:04:04 - Bureau of Indian Affairs

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Partial Transcript: LR: Okay, now since we're on like organizations, I want everybody's view what they think of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Do you think that they're specifically out to help?

Segment Synopsis: Members discuss the realities of assistance and dealings with the BIA.

Keywords: BIA; Bureau of Indian Affairs; Federal Government; Native American; Sioux

00:12:05 - Discussion of Organizations

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Partial Transcript: LR: There was another organization that was mentioned in class, and nobody knew if this organization is still going on, and that was the ICC, the Indian Claim Commission. Does anybody know if that is still going on?

Segment Synopsis: The board members discuss the Indian Claim Commission (ICC) and the Indian Policy Review Commission. They also discuss the U.S. Supreme Court and its role in Native American affairs.

Keywords: Civil Rights; ICC; Indian Claim Commission; Indian Policy Review Commission; Native American; Organizations; U.S. Supreme Court

00:23:06 - Discussion of Sioux Tribe & Reservation Conditions

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Partial Transcript: LR: Okay, now could you tell me, give me the number of how many Sioux there are living in Nebraska now.


Segment Synopsis: Board members discuss where Sioux populations live in Nebraska and surrounding states. They then explain living conditions, police-community relations, and sub-par government support on the reservation. They also describe instances of discrimination against Native American individuals for their identity, especially in hiring.

Keywords: Community; Healthcare; Hospital; Native American; Pine Ridge; Police; Police Community Relations; Policing; Rosebud; Sioux

00:37:10 - Discussion of City vs. Reservation Life, Government Relocation

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Partial Transcript: LR: So does everybody feel that the Indian's better off in the city life than on reservations?

Segment Synopsis: Board members discuss the differences and adjustments when moving between the city and reservation life. They also share about the Government Relocation of Indians.

Keywords: Indian Relocation Act; Native American; Reservation; Rosebud Reservation; Sioux; Urban

00:49:21 - Myths regarding Native Americans

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Partial Transcript: JF: Could I clear up a myth between White people concerning Indians? If this is gonna be a history class, I think it should be it's appropriate that these younger White people or whoever's gonna hear it should know it.

Segment Synopsis: Board members discuss the realities of financial aid for and paying taxes for Native Americans, as well as procedures for education and the use of birth control.

Keywords: Birth Control; Education; Financial Aid; Native American; Native American Education; Reservation

01:01:43 - Tribal Traditions

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Partial Transcript: LR: Okay, there's a lot of past traditions that we talked about before, the last interview that I'd like to talk about again about your religion and the medicine man and the peace pipe and your ceremonies, sun dance.

Segment Synopsis: Board members discuss tribal traditions including dance, song, and Peyote, as well as the role of medicine men for Native Americans.

Keywords: Ceremonies; Dance; Medicine Man; Native American; Song; Traditions; Tribal Traditions

01:12:03 - Discussion of Civil Rights

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Partial Transcript: LR: We talked about, you were talking about Wounded Knee. I wonder if you can get a little bit into that about, if you all felt that it left a good impression, bad impression, if it helped the Indian.

Segment Synopsis: Board members discuss what occurred during Wounded Knee and its implications for Native American rights in the future.

Keywords: AIM; BIA; Civil Rights; Human Rights; Native American; Wounded Knee

01:25:45 - Native American Rights--Looking Forward

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Partial Transcript: LR: Well, it should be, it's almost time, and I just wanna ask everybody if they feel, so the future looks pretty good for the Indians since they have come a long way, like you said, in the last three years. Do you think the next three years look better?

Segment Synopsis: Board members discuss the future possibilities for Native Americans moving forward. They discuss the need for civil engagement.

Keywords: Civil Rights; Federal Government; Human Rights; Native American; Voting

01:31:25 - Traditional Songs and Dance

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Partial Transcript: LR: I wanna thank you all very much for your time and effort that's put into this.
Now on the reverse side is three songs which Mr. Hogner let me tape, and then he explained exactly what they meant.

Segment Synopsis: A recording of traditional song and dance performed at the Sioux Indian Center in 1977 in Omaha, Nebraska.

Keywords: Dance; Native American; Native American Culture; Nebraska; Omaha; Sioux Indian Center; Song; Tradition; Tribal Tradition