Mille Lacs Ojibwe Social History Project: Interview with Joseph Nayquonabe
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Joe Nayquonabe was born in Cloquet, Minnesota in 1944 and spent his childhood in the Vineland area. After graduating from Onamia public school, he participated in the Urban Indian Relocation program, which took him to Milwaukee, where he received training at the Milwaukee Vocational School. After school, Joe joined the army, became a medic, and served one tour of duty in Vietnam. After various jobs, in 1977, he returned to the reservation and developed a health plan for the band. Thereafter, he worked for ten years as the Commissioner of Human Services. At the time of the interview he was pursuing a B.A. degree in applied psychology degree from St. Cloud State University. Joe was also a keeper of one of the band's thirteen ceremonial drums. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Focuses primarily on social concerns and issues, including the health clinic, alcoholism programs, and housing problems in the 1970s and 1980s. Joe's thoughts on growing up at Vineland, his schooling, his urban experience in Milwaukee, his tour of duty in Vietnam, and traditional ways are areas that are also important.
64 pages transcript
Content Category: text
Interviewee: Nayquonabe, Joseph
Interviewer: Godfrey, Anthony
Made in: Vineland, Mille Lacs County, Minnesota, United States
|Holding Type||Oral History - Interview|
OH 36 (Library Call Number)
AV1993.251.7 (Accession Number)
MNHS Library Catalog
Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'Mille Lacs Ojibwe Social History Project'