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Remembering Earlier Times
26 March 2010

RETURN VISIT: Pat Travnicek, at right, got quite the education when he worked at United Tribes in 1974-75. One he never forgot. Travnicek was a University Year-In-Action student and worked for Harriett Skye in the Office of Public Information. Among his first assignments was to cover a visit to South Dakota by the actor Marlon Brando, a supporter of Indian rights. “And there I was, fresh out of college, hanging around with the likes of Dennis Banks and Russell Means. How amazing,” said Travnicek on campus March 10 for a visit with Skye. Travnicek lives in Minot, ND, works at the Minot Air Base, and serves as state chair of the conservation organization Ducks Unlimited.

United Tribes News photo Dennis J. Neumann

The story that featured Brando was about an American Indian Movement sponsored rally for Sara Bad Heart Bull at the State Capital in Pierre and was carried in the November 26, 1974 edition of United Tribes News.

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