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Title: Roy Ebihara Interview
Narrator: Roy Ebihara
Interviewer: Tom Ikeda
Location: Denver, Colorado
Date: July 5, 2008
Densho ID: denshovh-eroy-01-0016

RE: Us kids, of course, roamed around. Kids aren't gonna run away, so they didn't care. But it was fun. We communed with nature. But my sister raised the issue around February that the kids lack education. And they wanted to ignore the issue, but she forced Mr. Tenney to deal with the local board of education which was centered in Capitan, New Mexico, which was probably about another fifteen miles away, or twenty. And they were reluctant, but they, to do so, but they were informed that these were American citizens and they had a right to an education. So we went to school in Capitan for three days. It was a one-building, three-story high brick building, and housed everybody from first grade through eighth grade. There was nothing beyond eighth grade. The majority of the kids were Mescalero Indians. I think we were ahead of them education-wise, but nonetheless... another vigilante formed over there that routed us out, and we were told never to come back or we'll be dead. And so threatened to shoot the kids. That was the end of our education in February.

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