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Analysis Of Elmer Beier

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Elmer Beier, Shirley May McKenzie’s former husband, said that Shirley occasionally visited her brothers and that two of her brothers, Ralph and Donald, had a difficult time coping with the loss and resentment. Shirley often worried about Ralph and Donald’s self-deprecating attitudes. Elmer recalled that Lawrence and Ralph often intensely denied and sporadically admitted their Indigenous heritage. Shirley, who was approximately three at the time of her parent’s departure, did not remember her parents. This loss turned into curiosity and Shirley spent some of her time searching for her biological parents, her heritage and ultimately her identity. She was denied access to information regarding her biological parents. Whether her siblings were
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