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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 21, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta WedntlJov, IT, 1972 THt inHBRIDGE HERALD 9 Robiii wants to write Indian girl overcomes many problems EDMONTON (CP) What happens to an Mian girl re- jected by her family and her race? The story of Robin Toma has many twists and currently rests at an Edmonton hospital where the 22-year-old is being treated for a tubercular gland. She is trying to start a wit- ing career, working from her hospital bed on poetry and short stories, She also draws, generally illustrations for her. written work, A canary helps to keep her company. Robin has been in the hospi- tal since Christmas. It's a fa- miliar spent most of her childhood in hospilals. Born in Ingcnika, B.C., 200 miles north of Prince George in an area accessible only by boat or plane, Robin is a member of the Sekani tribe, a mixed group oE Cree and Tahltan Indian. Robin hasn't beer, fully ac- cepted by her family since she was two or three years old. That's when she had her first accident, a broken leg. The injury was noticed only when her leg started to swell badly. But in an area visited by a doctor only once a year, gangrene had set in by the time medical help arrived. After an argument with her ROBIN TOMA father over the chances of curing her with Indian medi- cine, the doctor moved her to liospital in Prince Uupert. Tuberculosis had set in and Robin was kept in a full body ast for most of the time. She stayed in the hospital until she was 11. She went back and forth be- tween the hospital and a nearby residential school for the next two years. At 14, she went home. "I didn't recognize my par- ents right away but I stayed all summer and enjoyed it. It was like a wonderland to me, having been raised beliind walls, all the time. Outside was just a different world. "But I couldn't fit back in. I couldn't remember the lan- guage, Hie customs, the leg- ends. I couldn't make ban- nock, and I didn't know from notlung about curing hides, making moccasins and drying meat. "My father was ashamed of me. I read too much and all I could do was arithmetic and writing and reading, none of the skills that were important to him." HAN AWAY Finally, the ineviatble clash occurred and Robin ran away to Prince George where she stole a was caught. Some time later, Robin was picked up by two policemen. She pulled a knife and slashed one of the policemen. Robin was sentenced to two years on probation. "I stood it for a while but one day I went to see the pro- bation officer and got lost be cause I didn't know Vancoii' ver that well. Finally I said to More Family page 10 beck will) it and stuck out my thumb. A week later I was in Toronto." Life since that time contin- ued as a series of institutions, jail, probation, even the men- tal hospital at Esscndole, B.C., after a suicide attempt. Last year, Robin went home again but that didn't work out. Her father was dead. "Finally my mother told me she thought it would be better if I left. I went to Prince George and started drinking like there was no tomorrow. I was going to hell. I got into trouble with everybody. "But I woke up one day and thought to myself: Who are they to push me around? With my mind, why should I be put Robin has finished Grade 12 and now is interested in going back to school. "But 1 don't want my wit- ing to become a supervised sort of thing. I do go, I don't want to be mentally re- gimented into thinking other people's thoughts rather than my own." "Ultimately, I have to be something more than just an Indian with an education. My father thought I was useless, and he's still waiting and walcliing to see me make my mark." d out avi Fifty members ol the Chi' nook Pensioners and Senior Citizens Organization recently returned from a trip to Cut Bank, Montana. Refreshments were served prior to a shopping tour of the town) and dinner at a local ho- tel. The members were hosted by the Chamber of Commerce while in Cut Bank, and each received a pen as a memento of the trip. Trips are now being planned to Calgary, Medicine Hat and Coleman. CONTINUES at JOE GREEN SHOES WOMEN'S HEEL HUGGER and SELBY SHOES We must clear theu out Reg. to 28.00 CHILDREN'S SHOES BUSTER BROWN SAVAGE-CLASSMATE Reg. to 13.00 EXPANSION SALE PAIR SHORT AND DISCONTINUED LINES TEENERS' SHOES Reg. to 17.00 NOW, PAIR 8 .99 SUMMER SANDALS MEN'S WOMEN'S CHILDREN'S m Vm iiii.ii d viwiribii wnikuncn 25% OH NOW 15V( REGULAR PUCES OFF REGULAR PRICES RACK OF ODDS 'N ENDS SHORT AND DISCONTINUED LINES OF WOMEN'S SHOES Reg. to 19.00 EXPANSION PRICE, PAIR WOMEN'S DRESS SANDALS and PUMPS WHITE-BEIGE-BLUE Reg. to 27.00 EXPANSION SAIE PRICE, PAIR WOMEN'S PUMPS AND DRESS SANDALS MUST BE CLEARED GOLD CROSS-PAVAL LA VALLEE ANOTHER SEIECTION Reg. to 29.00 Reg. to 16.00 EXPANSION PRICE, PAIR EXPANSION PRICE, PAIR JJ.99 O.99 IflCMT CUACf 4 Q 99 y MEN 5 SHOES _ jf. Short and Discontinued lines HARTT-SAVAGE RAND MACFARLANE. Values lo 39.00 8 >GREEN'S SHOES ON SIXTH STREET DOWNTOWN OPEN AIL DAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY TILL P.M. your snare Barbecue Sauce POLISH, HEINZ......24-oz. jars Dill Pickles Orange Sections Whole Green Beans Potato Chips ASTRA ld-oz. tins Mount Elephant 14 oz. tins OLD DUTCH Tri Pak, Assorted Orange 89c Kleenex Pie Filler 2 1.00 Bathroom Tissue cBro 6 t'1.00 Pie Fillerlppr: ti.3forl.00 Liquid 79c Beans Tomato Sauce 7 nn rascade L 1 09 Campbells................8 oz. tins 7 for 1 .00 D.shwosher soap 35 oz. package I. V7 Apple Juice 4 fOT 1.00 Crisco Oil..............u bonie 79c Palm W gallons assorted 77C MEATS PHONE 327-S295 BONELESS LEG OF PORK ROAST Small Pork Sausage Prime Rib and Cross Rib ROAST ,b 1" Chuck Steak Chuck Roast Chicken Breasts. lb ,69" PRODUCE Phone 328-1751 i' Nectarines Apricots Bananas CORN ON THE COB 59 CALIFORNIA California sweet and luscious large 64's........................ lb. 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