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Jack E Smith - Daughter's Wedding
Jack E Smith - Daughter's Wedding

Name: Jack E. Smith (Ohcheeah Ahchee Pong)

Tribe: Comanche

Tribal Position: Elder, past War Chief

Profession: Retired – General foreman, Slater Steels.

Education: High school

Favorite Sports: Football, NASCAR, basketball.

Hobbies/Special Interests: Beadwork, bustles, Native American artifacts.

Religion: None

Ways you celebrate being an American Indian: Pow wows and council meetings.

Ways you preserve your culture and heritage: Teaching crafts and traditional heritage, and visiting schools.

Do you speak your tribal language? No.

Misconceptions: They are lazy, dirty, and dumb.

Offensive words/actions: Hopping around in full headdress, squaw, half-breed and redskins.