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Erin Grace – World-Herald Columnist via Omaha.com (originally published 3 April, 2013)
The lines in Laura Galligo Brewer’s face run deep, reflecting a century of living — much of it hard.
All the loss, starting with her mother, who died when Laura was just a child. Then, when Laura was a young mother, her husband and one of their children perished. She was barely 30, with five other mouths to feed.
And all the separation. She went to a boarding school when she was 8. Years later, she sent her own children there after she was widowed, so she could work.
There was the crushing poverty. And of course the second-class treatment: the hiding of her native Lakota language at school, the lowering of herself to prospective landlords in Omaha as she asked, “Do you rent to Indians?” . . .