Jeanne Raymond is from the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla, and her mother was from the Yakima Nation. She grew up on nine different reservations in the Southwest before moving to Seattle, following her father who worked for the United States Bureau of Indian Affairs.
Raymond attended Western Washington College in the late 1960s, where she took classes from Vine Deloria and participated in the American Indian Student Union’s Right to Be Indian Conference. After college, she was recruited to join the American Indian Studies Program at the University of Washington while attending graduate school in Spanish. She taught American Indian Studies courses at Seattle Central Community College. Later, she served as President of the Parent Committee that co-founded Seattle’s American Indian Heritage High School, and worked for the High School as its Assistant Program Manager.
Jeanne Raymond shared her memories in an interview with Teresa Brownwolf Powers on November 22, 2005. To the right are streaming-video excerpts of the interview. Work on this interview was made possible by a grant from 4Culture/King County Lodging Tax.