Title: Interview with Jimmy Jim (September 26, 1979)
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Title: Interview with Jimmy Jim (September 26, 1979)
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Language: English
Publication Date: September 26, 1979
Subject: Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians
Mississippi Choctaw.
Funding: This text has been transcribed from an audio or video oral history. Digitization was funded by a gift from Caleb J. and Michele B. Grimes.
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Source Institution: Samuel Proctor Oral History Program, Department of History, University of Florida
Holding Location: This interview is part of the 'Mississippi Choctaw' collection of interviews held by the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program of the Department of History at the University of Florida
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Miss Choc 60A

Sub: Jimmy Jim

Int: Howard Dixon

Carl Isaac



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I: We are interviewing Jimmy Jim on industrial arts today. Uumri-. September

T&26, 1979. IntervieweirHoward Dixon and Carl Isaac. 4 Jimmy could

you tell us about your background?

J: Well I attended Choctaw Central High School, graduateafrom here, then I went

to art school in New Mexico for two years, post graduate and from there

I went gB technical school in New Jersey for about year, come back home and

then I went to Junior College. Went there about year and a half.

Then I got married. Then after after I got married started back college

and finally finished it.

I: What made you decide to take industrial arts as your career?

J: Well I was ....really wanna go in electrical engineer. Then ya know

programs they had on Educate... it's students in education

only. So that's why I went on and instead I changed to industrial arts.

I: Have you taught anywhere tatis=6 : te Choctaw City?

J: No.

I: ?

J: Going on my third year here.

I: Since you've been here, how have the students progressed in their work?

J: For my class I've started with the basics, basics in drawing, metal working,

and woodworking, and electricity. Start off with the basics then we go up

from there.

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I: When you started teaching, did you have those machines?

J: You mean the one we have in there now?

I: Yeah.

J: When I got here it was already here, yeah.

I: Do you know how to work with all those machines?

J: et3he. Ye,

I: How long...V. How long did it take to learn all those machines?

J: For me..... or for students?

I: Students.

J: For students? It wouldn't take very long. We have some students that are

eager to learn ya know. When you have students like that it don't take


I: What',b Y&cX 0pv' i 3c`) j -rco want to take z e ?

J: .,? I think it ya know that would be a nice/yor

anybody.. .' nowadays ya know.

I: Was there any opportunities when you first started?

J: Oh.W in ;h -.g vocational education?

I: Yeah.

J: jfri.I wasn't aware of it really.

I: How was it like going away and from the tribe to own community?

J: Going away and coming -dn here?

I: Mmm hmm.

J: What was it like? jw well coming back home, workinwith the people here

I: Mmm hmm.

J: I think I'd be better working with my own people than ya know go somewhere

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S work. But sincelya know, I've been to other places before, seen what it's like.

I: Did you feel different from other people?

J: What when I was away?

I: Yes.

J: No.

I: How did the people treat ya?

J: Well like WAya know just one of them. Ya get.... sa

I: From your experience, what advice would you give to a student finishing

college and looking for a job?

J: -Ging back to Choctaw Central and work here-in equciion,

. We need more Choctaw 6 A reservation. In education as well as in tribal

folk I'd like to see more Choctaws in here.

I: What are your future plans for industrial arts.

J: As of now? I'm not really sure yet. I like what I'm doing right now.

I: What are you.....~

J: Maybe in the future I might think of something else)but as of now, I like

the way it is. I don't have any _. I'm just doing a little

bit of everything.

I: What do you think about student's discipline in school?

0; I think we need strict discipline here at Choctaw Central...... with more

help from the parents...... like we used to have ini:the old days.

I: ,,'what happened to someone who skipped class?

J: We didn't have anybody skipping class during my time.

I: You mean back then?

J: Yeah. Right. While I was going to school here. Nobody skips class or

cuts class either. Of course, \ sent us -r. school >
Of corsent us SC z,~--

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'/Istay in school. We didn't ,,.,v ya know, back home.

I: Was the discipline changed since you'be been here?

J: Right. Very much. Cause I've seen plenty of students walking around

everyday.!,=- not attending class. We need more stricter...

I: How did the students cooperate in class?

J: In my class? We get along alright. very well. I like

it. (long pause) Some students who are still not asking questions where

some of them they fot involved. I think we're really improving

Choctaw. Especially comparing to the first class I ever had when I first

started working here.

I: Plan on going somewhere else to teach?

J: To teach? No. Definitely nod- [chuckle), To teach maybe for ya know other

jobs, different jobs if Iya know..... if I like to go ya know different

jobs are open but-ptxme somewhere else and work. I might ____ .

Not to teach.

I: How do you like the recreation around the reservation?

J: `h tribal program or school? Which one?

I: Tribal.

J: Tribal? Well from what I heard itsjr-ia it's alright .z-3 I'd say. I

I dontt participate in all the sports they have going on here. I participate

in basketball. That's about the only sport We had a little

team ya know, little tea/mast year. This year we plan to have another oneprv ,

with-uh ..> with my former classmates. ) _, supposed to have

a team this year. some trophies, .

I: What about the school recreation?

J: School recreation? I think we have a pretty good program here comparing

to to the time I was in school here. PWhole lot better cause we didn't have

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J: any, chuckle., If we did Ya'll

had pretty good opportunity ya know in sports get scholarships

to go to college. Basketball Pretty good chance.

Got pretty good chance which I didn't but.

So high school sports were..... like I said And

baseball As I was saying awhile ago, high school here

has had pretty good sports I'd like to see Carl Isaac with

some professional baseball team as a pitcher. high school


(End of interview)

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