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Native Braids: A woman recounts maintaining contact with her sister who left to live with missionaries

Betty Howe in 2019
Trennie Collins, Southern Ute Drum
Betty Howe in 2019

Hear this story and others on the Native Braids website.

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.

When to listen on KSUT:
Native Braids episodes can be heard on both Tribal Radio and Four Corners Public Radio at approximately the following times (actual time may vary slightly due to story length):

- Mondays and Wednesdays: at approx 7:50 AM during Morning Edition
- Tuesdays and Thursdays: at approx 5:50 PM during All Things Considered

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