“Hush, Child, they’ll take Grandma away!”

Robin Greeley
St. Louis, MO

This is what my relatives said to me at a family reunion in the 1950s.They were afraid that if it was known that Grandma was Choctaw, she could be sent to a reservation – something that was done in those days. In Pueblo, Colorado, the hatred and direct discrimination of the American Indians was very strong and noone would divulge that they were Indian, if they could “pass”. But Grandma was proud of our Indian heritage and told me fabulous stories of our Choctaw ancestors.

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