The powerful story of a Native American railroad engineer, and the ancestors who paved the way

Aug 8, 2018

StoryCorps facilitator Savannah Winchester with Barnie Botone at the StoryCorps MobileBooth in Bismarck.

They say a rising tide lifts all boats. For Barnie Botone, the great-grandson of a famous Kiowa chief, the Civil Rights Movement and an unlikely change agent helped pave the way for a fulfilling and pioneering career. But why were the tears flowing from his grandmother’s eyes not happy ones?

Botone spoke with StoryCorps facilitator Savannah Winchester at the StoryCorps MobileBooth in Bismarck.