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.
The Mohawk Tribe and St. Regis Reservation
Educating the Native Americans and Louis' Baseball Career
Louis Bruce marries Noresta (Nellie) Rooks
Wounded Knee and the "Trail of Tears"
Education, Pole Vaulting and The Great Depression
Freedom Foundation Award Winning Essay
Making a Difference
Continuing Life on the Farm and a Rapidly Expanding Career
Commissioner of Indian Affairs
Bureau of Indian Affairs Takeover; Trail of Broken Treaties and AIM; And the Siege of Wounded Knee
Mentor and Lobbyist
About the author
Jane Richardson has had a full and varied career as a travel consultant, photographer, author, lecturer, and artist, in addition to being a wife and mom.
She has traveled 25 times through India since 1969, living with people in all walks of life, from village huts to palaces of north and south. Her background is obviously broad and varied. She has also designed tour packages and escorted numerous tour groups, some of one-month duration, with the added "job" of discussing family life, customs, religions, etc.
She is able to astutely "read" her fellow man. This made friends from "the poorest of the poor," to Prime Ministers, Presidents, and earned her a membership into the oldest royal family in the world.
Richardson's experiences are evident by her books' authentic details and excellent descriptions. The Deccan Chronicle wrote: "She is really interested in knowing and staying with ordinary people." The magazine "Andhra Pradesh" also wrote: "Mrs. Richardson is a shrewd reader of men and penetrating observer."\
Richardson's talents again shine in Chief of the Chiefs. She has written twelve books, including four on India and five biographies.
Richardson lives in Stow, Ohio.
Chief of the Chiefs: Louis Rooks Bruce: Mohawk/Sioux, Commissioner of Indian Affairs and Lybbyist by Jane Richardson
Paperback, 5.5 x 8.5
ISBN: 978-1-879403-18-5, 1-879403-18-8