Chief of the Chiefs

Louis Rooks Bruce Elevated the Status of American Indians

Louis Rooks Bruce Elevated the Status of American Indians
Paperback, 5.5 x 8.5 , 252 pages.
$16.95 + s/h
The book many have long awaited has arrived from the printer: Chief of the Chiefs: Louis Rooks Bruce, Mohwak/Sioux, Commissioner of Indian Affairs and Lobbyist by Jane Richardson. Now in its third printing!


In Chief of the Chiefs you will learn how Louis Bruce elevated the status of all American Indians: their health, housing, education. Discussed are the similarities and differences in customs, cultures and lifestyles of his parents' Mohawk and Sioux backgrounds; while other tribes are covered, as well.

Visit the reservation of his father; join him working his way trough high school and college, becoming a pro baseball star pitcher, a dentist and a Methodist Minister. Teaching his son to honor their Indian heritage, the junior Louis heads New York's Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) during the Depression, meets First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, and "the ball gets rolling." He becomes Consultant to six U.S. Presidents, FDR through Ford.

President Nixon appoints him Commissioner of Indian Affairs where he transforms the Bureau from a management agency into a service organization. Real drama occurred during that period with the takeover of Alcatraz; of the Bureau building; and of Wounded Knee. His consultanting firm rounded out his glowing career as he continued helping his fellow American Indians.

Lively contributions from young and very old Indians, White House staff, politicians, American Indian activists and family keep the book moving across the land, visiting longhouses, tepees, men and women at work, children at play - to the political arena. Over one hundred illustrations, letters and documents are included.