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GBIA: Gracie Begay

Gracie Begay is a member of the Western Shoshone Te-Moak tribe in Wells, Nevada.  She was seventy-eight when this video was recorded. 

Gracie speaks of her great-great-grandfather, Captain Joe Gilbert, and the people from Austin and Reese River (Yomba) who were moved by the Union Soldiers to the Battle Mountain colony in 1937.  She also tells of the camp that was at the Ricksie station near Beowawe, and how she and her relatives went to school there.   Gracie also goes on to tell about her involvement with the Danns, and how she went with them to the Supreme Court in Washington D.C.  She goes on to tell of the history of her family, and how she was involved with Indian Health Service and the Health Board for the Western Shoshone.  She ends by summarizing the importance of recording Shoshone history, and how it is a tool for future generations.

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Last Updated: 6/7/21