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Ruth Sandvik: Interview Outline: Section 21

Things you would want the younger people to know

Tape Reference Number: H2002-09-11
Ruth Blankenship-Sandvik talks with Bill Schneider and Eileen Devinney in Kiana, Alaska on February 28, 2002.


Bill Schneider: Maybe one final question. Are there some things that you would want the young kids to know that we haven't talked about that you would want to share on tape?

Ruth Sandvik: Well, I'd like -- I'd like a miracle. I would like them to -- I'd like more structure in families here. I'd like them --; I'd like more parenting done. I think that's a -- there's a big lack of that, which has -- has resulted in -- in a lot of vandalism and break-ins. I think that has been my misery. That you can't -- not respecting other people's things. And I think everything begins in the home. And I think we're -- I think we are -- we are failing as parents. And as parents sometimes we push off our children on to our grandparents. I mean, on our parents, the grandparents of the kids, to raise. And that has not always worked too well.

Bill Schneider: Uh-hum. Well, that's certainly a problem. It's universal in terms of kids and -

Ruth Sandvik: I -- I guess I'm baffled because this is a small community, under 400. We're related to one another, we're friends of the parents. And I'm shocked every time when the -- the children don't respect people's property.

Bill Schneider: One of the things that one of the earlier people we worked with talked about was the council in the old days and how the council was a force that provided structure when justice needed to be done.

Ruth Sandvik: I've heard them say that, too. But I never -- I -- I guess I never found them that effective.

Bill Schneider: Hum.

Ruth Sandvik: And you can see it now. Any time we have any -- the VPSO program, we're not too supportive of the Village Police Safety Program. I think if we were more supportive and there are consequences to some of these actions, I think we would get somewhere. And be a more productive -- productive village. And a village that we can be proud of.

Bill Schneider: Okay.

Ruth Sandvik: I was always impressed with Pauline Harvey. She was -- she died several years ago. She has a bunch of children from Noorvik. But I remember at a NANA annual meeting where she said everything begins in the home, everything starts in the home. And I thought what a good thing to hear. Someone -- an elder. I mean, I wasn't an elder then, she was an elder at that time, and she got up in front of a whole bunch of people and she said everything begins in the home. And I thought, how true. She didn't have it pounded into her, but she knew.

Bill Schneider: Uh-hum.

Ruth Sandvik: She was another outstanding individual.

Bill Schneider: Thank you for taking the time to come do this.

Ruth Sandvik: Uh-hum.

(End of recorded interview.)