As a young girl, Betty Howe looked up to her sister, Emma Jean Howe. Emma left the family at the age of 9 to live with Christian missionaries who took her in and taught her English. As Betty remembers it, her sister Emma was the first Ute Mountain Ute tribal member to graduate from a public school.
In this excerpt of Betty’s interview with Sheila Nanaeto, Betty Howe recounts how her family maintained contact with Emma over the years.
Betty Howe is a member of the Ute Mountain Ute tribe. She lives in Towaoc, Colorado.
Pictured above: Betty Howe in 2019.