Voices of Minnesota

Minnesota's Greatest Generation Oral History Project: Minnesota Native American Interviews


DATE: 2006

INTERVIEWERS: Brian Horrigan, Ben Petry and Karissa White

This project chronicles the lives of Minnesota Indians who lived during World War II and are part of "Minnesota's Greatest Generation". Some of the subjects discussed include growing up on a reservation; attending government run boarding schools; powwows; the Civilian Conservation Corps [CCC]; the Works Progress Administration [WPA]; enlisting in the armed forces; past and present life at the Red Lake Indian Reservation; the Great Depression; combat experiences during World War II; life after the war; the dropping of the atomic bombs; Indian cultural identity and traditions; the American Indian Movement; and views on the Cold War and Iraq War.

LENGTH OF INTERVIEWS: 27 hours 16 minutes

TRANSCRIPTS: 684 pages