Credit - Nancy Smith Ottogary (NSO),
Tape A-4 (103 years old), Interviewer: Mecreline Boyer (MB),
October 31, 1975
(MB) Go ahead and tell us about the white (divos) that
settled here. About what you have seen.
(NSO) "They camped across the water from us...Some of those
whites were friends of ours. Thos white people measuring the
right around where we were living. They put stonemarkers up
at the end, the corner."
"...I was seven years old. We said to each
other, "Let's take those stone markers down. These whites
were up to no good. These whites are taking advantage of
us." My father was a farmer. My father worked with the U.S.
Soldiers. He worked with and for the whites."
"...We left our land along with our
personal belonging to live in Washakie [Fort Washakie,
Wyoming]. All this was sold. Our home, farm, farm equipment
and everything we had owned while we lived here. Up to this
day I don't know who sold them ore why the land and our
belongings had been sold. I cant understand why. This is
where we lost ALL our land."
"...And today the people that live here
say that we are from Washakie and they say that we are not
part of them. I'm from here but I live near McCammon
[Idaho]. We were all born here and we did at one time own
land here. We know that our relatives are living here. These
are our people."
"...I always say that [this] is where we
come from...People say that we had the water."
Interpreter unknown? mentions: Nancy Smith
Ottagary "was about 12 years old when she left from Lava."
(NSO) "Maybe those people that lived
across the water from us has a daughter that is still alive
today. Some of the kids we used to play with. I think their
names was Munroe."