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John Emhoolah


It was a dustbowl existence filled with struggle and poverty for John and his family in 1930s Oklahoma. Removed from his home by the Bureau of Indian Affairs and sent to boarding school,  John knew he needed to get out – and the military offered escape.  He served with honor in Korea, and upon his return from military service, was a leader in restoring Native American rights – he helped pass legislation for the Native American Community College Assistance Act of 1974 – the first Indian law that was developed by Indian people for Indian people.

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