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Enid Lincoln

first broadcast Tuesday, May 31st, 2011
Interview by Matthew Smith

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Enid Lincoln
White Mountain elder Enid Lincoln with Robert Lincoln, Sr.
Enid Lincoln calls White Mountain home, and though she spent most of her life there, she hasn't always lived with the people of the Fish River.

She was born in Solomon, Alaska and finished her education at various boarding schools throughout the state: beginning at Wrangell Institute in Southeast, on to Mount Edgecumbe in Sitka, and finally to Chugiak High School in Eagle River. After finishing high school, Enid moved to Dallas, Texas as part of the Bureau of Indian Affairs relocation program. Once there, she met other American Indians and Alaska Natives that were also being moved around the country by the BIA. In Dallas, she made friends with other natives from around Alaska and the lower 48, as well as with Chicanos and Texans, learning that "they're just like me on the inside... they cry, and they bleed just the same... they're just like you, they get homesick, they cry and miss their families."

Moving back to White Mountain, Enid became a bilingual teacher's aide and raised a family. She reflects on the changes time has wrought in White Mountain, how technology has changed people's lives, and how she maintains optimism for the future: “In order to hang on to yourself and in order to be grounded, you need to keep track of who you are... you need to remember your traditional values... and where you come from."

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