Minnie Spotted Wolf was the first Native American woman in the Marines.

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Wolf joined the United States Marine Corps Women’s Reserve in July 1943 and served for four years. She served as a heavy equipment operator and driver for visiting general officers. Wolf grew up on a ranch near Heart Butte, Montana and worked as a ranch hand. This physical work helped prepare her for boot camp, which Wolf said was “hard, but not too hard.” After serving, Wolf returned to Montana and taught elementary school for 29 years. (Photo Credit: Bureau of Indian Affairs) #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth #womenshistory

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