Melanie Jennings is a 27-year-old doctoral student in English at the University of California, San Diego, writing her dissertation and short stories on Okies in the Oakland/Fremont area

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Finding Family: Smoking Out Okies in San Diego County

Darryl’s Indian grandfather was sentenced to the “big house” (state prison) at McAllister for moon-shining. “Indeterminate sentencing" was an oxymoron for Indians in Oklahoma at that time, so he was in there for years.

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