Minnesota's Greatest Generation Oral History Project: Minnesota Native American Interviews: Interview with Ernest and Vernell Wabasha
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Description BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Ernest Wabasha was born in 1929 in Santee, Nebraska. He attended Marty Mission School in South Dakota for eleven years. In 1948 he enlisted in the Navy and was sent to Europe during the Korean War. After his service, Wabasha married Vernell and graduated from DeVries Technical Institute. After moving around the United States, the couple returned to the reservation in Lower Sioux. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Growing up in tents; canning and gardening; having a house built through the Works Progress Administration [WPA]; attending a Catholic boarding school; food stamps and rationing; attending Catholic church services and holding a job while in school; enlisting in the Navy after World War II; being stationed in Europe during the Korean War; employment situation after military service; graduating from DeVries Technical Institute; moving back to the reservation to take care of family affairs; helping develop Indian programs in school systems; being exposed to the American Indian Movement [AIM].
Quantity 3 hours sound cassettes
67 pages transcript
Format Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
Measurements 125
Creation Interviewee: Wabasha, Ernest
Interviewee: Wabasha, Vernell
Interviewer: White, Karissa
Interviewer: Petry, Ben F.
Dates Creation: 07/11/2006
Holding Type Oral History - Interview
Identifiers OH 118
Accession Number AV2008.31.12
More Info MHS Library Catalog
Related Collections Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'Minnesota's Greatest Generation Oral History Project: Minnesota Native American Interviews'

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