Oral Histories

Interview of Kathy Chee

Navajo. Came to Los Angeles as part of the American Indian Relocation.
American Indian Relocation Project
American Indian History
Bayhylle, Ruth
Chee, Kathy
Persons Present:
Chee and Bayhylle.
Place Conducted:
Chee's home in Highland Park, California.
Supporting Documents:
Records relating to the interview are located in the office of the UCLA Library’s Center for Oral History Research.
Interviewer Background and Preparation:
The interview was conducted by Ruth Bayhylle, interviewer, UCLA Center for Oral History Research; Ph.D., Information Studies, UCLA. She is a longstanding resident of Los Angeles with an ongoing connection to native communities.
Processing of Interview:
The transcript is a verbatim transcription of the recording. It was transcribed by a professional transcribing agency using a list of proper names and specialized terminology supplied by the interviewer. Chee was then given an opportunity to review the transcript but made no corrections or additions.
53 min.
Regents of the University of California, UCLA Library.
Series Statement:
These interviews document the experience of American Indians who came to Los Angeles as part of the Bureau of Indian Affairs' urban relocation program in the 1950s and 1960s. The initial interviews were conducted by students in Professor Peter Nabokov's American Indian Studies 200A class. The Center for Oral History Research then conducted additional interviews to expand on those first student interviews.
Family history—Experiences at Intermountain Indian School—Employment experiences in Los Angeles—Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) employment training—Recreational activities—Religious affiliation with First American Indian Church—Experiences with BIA employment office— Reservation living conditions—Closing remarks.