Warm Springs, OR Warm Springs, OR
Warm Springs, OR Warm Springs, OR

Lyle and Arlita, Warm Springs, OR - married 1956

Arlita:
Divorce never was a part of my people’s ways.  Never. You were just married for ever.  The rest of your life.  And all the old couples that existed at that time supported our marriage.  Lyle and I, we were fortunate to be taught our Indian, native ways.  But we were able to implement into the outside society.  We have learned both well, where we have a balance.

Lyle:
One day—I was in the fifth grade...
  this girl, she sticks her tongue out at me.  And I looked at her, you know, and I knew already.  The Holy Spirit already told me.  That this girl was gonna be my girlfriend.  You know, how your marriage is made, made in heaven?  It was already documented already.

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