Published on January 10, 2012 by Amy
Private Minnie Spotted-Wolf (1923 – 1988) was the first Native American woman to enlist in the United States Marine Corps. She enlisted in the Marine Corps Women’s Reserve in July 1943.
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Minnie, from Heart Butte, Montana, is a member of the Blackfoot tribe, Prior to joining the Marines, she had worked on her father’s ranch doing such chores as cutting fence posts, driving a two-ton truck, and breaking horses.
Her comment on Marine boot camp: “It was hard but when it was over, I was proud of myself and all that I accomplished.”