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Wyoming Stories: Mark Soldier Wolf Talks About Life on the Res


Mark Soldier Wolf is a Northern Arapaho tribal elder. He grew up on the Wind River Indian Reservation, outside of Riverton. For him, the past is forever inscribed on the present, a sentiment he shares in this lesser known version of the Battle at Little Bighorn.

When Soldier Wolf returned to Wyoming from the Korean War, there were very few resources for veterans. In this story, he describes how he got his life back together, and the atmosphere of Riverton during wartime.

Casualties: Veterans’ unhopeful return to the Wind River Reservation

Soldier Wolf was among the last generation of American Indians to be sent to government boarding schools—an experience he recalls with disdain. But during the summers, Soldier Wolf and his friends let off steam by coming up with creative means by which to get back home.

Getting Home: Soldier Wolf and his boyhood friends ‘hobo’ it back to the res

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