Alice Charley (StuYat) lived in hiding for 18 years to escape being sent to a white boarding school where her language and culture would be stripped away. Born in 1909, Alice lived with two grandaunts in Spearfish, on the Columbia River. Alice never enrolled in the Yakama Tribe as a child. Without tribal identification, she eluded agents as they swept homes for children. She immersed herself in her Native culture, learning five dialects, scraping hides and gathering food.