Otoe man recalls history, culture and discrimination

Truman Black, one of the last full-blood members of the Otoe-Missouria Tribe, spoke recently about Otoe history and culture and his brushes with discrimination.

Black, 68, is one of the last few remaining speakers of the Otoe language. He said his tribe, particularly its young, is in danger of losing its culture.

Growing up in Oklahoma, Black encountered discrimination. He was once refused service at a bar even though he wore his Navy uniform. Another time, he was forced to sit in a segregated part of a cafe.

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