This study tells the stories of Oneida people who have attended public schools. These stories collected through the use of face to face interviews, were analyzed using the research methodology of narrative inquiry and autobiography. My interest in this subject was originally generated by my interest in the boarding school experience and its harmful practices which perpetrated extreme injustices on many tribes through the abusive manipulation of their children. I do not believe there is an overabundance of boarding school stories, but I have always been interested in the American Indian experience in non-boarding schools, especially public schools. Three main themes emerged which I address in three chapters: Racism, Inspirations, and The Long and Winding Road. Racism in school was something all of my participants experienced. Inspirations is addressed because all were inspired in various ways to achieve their goals. The Long and Winding Road addresses and provides insight in regards to the propensity for many of my participants to have taken a longer time to complete higher education than is the norm in mainstream society.