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By Michael Merschel
American Heart Association News 

Elder shares stories of life, laughter and American Indian health


January 7, 2022

Linda Poolaw loves telling stories. At 79, the Grand Chief of the Delaware Grand Council of North America has a few.

Some are nostalgic, about growing up in rural Oklahoma, the daughter of a Kiowa father and a mother who was Delaware (also known as the Lenape). Some are painful, when she talks about American Indians' struggles.

She tells stories in an Oklahoma twang, skipping from topic to topic. She talks about her father, a renowned photographer. She recalls her armed standoff with the electric company. She shares tales of Bigfoot, whom she's heard outside her Anadarko home.

Her stories o...

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