MARK SOLDIER WOLF
- Wind River Reservation, Wyoming -
Mark Soldier Wolf is a Arapaho Tribal Elder who served in the US Marine Corps during the Korean War. He is a story teller, responsible for maintaining the history of his people and ensuring that his knowledge is passed on to others, generation after generation.
Mark Soldier Wolf lives with his large family on the Wind River Indian Reservation near Lander, Wyoming, adjecent to the land he was born on, and which was taken from his family while he was fighting in Korea (more on this below).
Listen to Mark speak about truth via Wyooming Public Radio:
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Upon his return from fighting for his country in the Korean war, Mark Soldier Wolf was greated with the knowledge that his family land had been lost to a shameful government / corporate takeover, and it was being used to store tailing from a uranium mine. The land and water became highly contaminated and unuseable, and remain so to this day. Well water is poison, the air is dangerous during high winds, and Mark and his family were left with little to no compensation. They still live next to the old property. You can read more about it here.
Despite the way that Native Americans have been treated throughout the years by the United States government I have personally never see a group of folks more dedicated to the idea of respecting war veterans than that of native tribes. This pow wow flew the American flag high and honored each and every war veteran present in person over a period of days. Mark, and his bretherne, served with honor. Listen to him speak about his return from the war via Wyoming Public Radio.
As a young man Mark Soldier Wolf and his friends rode horses and box car trains thoughout the Arapaho territory, up and down the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountians. Long before ski slopes and film festivals there were Arapho Indians.
Listen to Mark talk about riding boxcar trains via Wyoming Public Radio.