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Evelyn Frechette was born September 15, 1907 in Neopit, Wisconsin. Her father William Frechette was French. Her Mother Mary Labell was half French, half Menominee Indian. Billie's father died when she was only 8 years old, leaving her mother to raise Billie and her four brothers and sisters on her own.

Evelyn grew up on the Menominee Indian Reservation where she attended Saint Anthony's Mission School until she reached the age of thirteen.

She moved to Flandreau, South Dakota where she finished her schooling at a government boarding school for American Indians.

She was a model student during the three years she attended the Riggs School. After the third year she moved to Milwaukee to live with her aunt. This was the beginning of the depression era and work was hard to come by. Evelyn took work where ever she could find it.

By the age of 18, she moved in with her sister in Chicago, Illinois. She would work when it was available and sometimes would dance with her sister in American Indian dance programs. These were some of the same dances they performed during ceremonial dances on the reservation with exception that these were a production for entertainment.

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