Alice Cromarties Stafford lived with her Aunt Ivy when she was three years old. She continued to spend time with her right up through college. Alice recalls Ivy teaching her about personal property rights.
"She believed in person property rights so she would get that straight right away. As a three year old you don’t really worry about that, but as I got older, you know, drawers are off limits. She would just explain, personal property is personal property. These are your things. And Daddy made [me] a doll cradle which I commuted with. So I always had one place to put my doll cradle and she said, ‘That’s your place. I’m not going to move your cradle, touch your doll, but you have to respect my things.” So she really was a good, an excellent teacher. She made you understand personal property rights and she never gave that up, which is why she worked so hard to get the Indians on the reservation. “This is your personal property. The government is giving you; you have to get on the [reservation]. And finally, she pulled that off. It took a long time but she finally got them to take possession of their reservation."