Ohiyesa: Charles Eastman, Santee Sioux

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University of Illinois Press, 1999 - History - 256 pages
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Charles Eastman, or "Ohiyesa" in Santee, came of age during a period of increasing tension and violence between Native and "new" Americans. Raised to become a hunter-warrior, he was nevertheless persuaded by his Christianized father to enter the alien world of white society. A remarkably bright student, Eastman graduated from Dartmouth College and the Boston University School of Medicine. Later on he served as government physician at the Pine Ridge Agency (and tended casualties at Wounded Knee), as Indian Inspector for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and as Indian secretary for the YMCA, and helped found the Boy Scouts of America. Concurrently, however, he also worked on special congressional legislation to settle Sioux claims and was a charter member and later president of the Society of American Indians. It was his writing, though, which most clearly established Eastman's determination to hold on to his roots. In works such as Indian Boyhood, The Soul of the Indian, and Indian Heroes and Chieftains he reconfirmed his native heritage and tried to make white society aware of the Indians' contribution to American civilization.

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From the Deep Woods
To Civilization
Service at Pine Ridge during the Ghost Dance
Physician versus Agent
Indian Secretary for the YMCA
Eastman and the Santee Claims
Government Physician at Crow Creek 190003
Renaming the Sioux
Writing and Lecturing
Promoting the American Indian
US Indian Inspector 192325
The Final Years

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Born in Chicago in 1947 I grew up listening to the stories my father and uncles told of their experiences during World War II during family gatherings when in the company of other veterans. I was fascinated by the tales so sought the men out and sat quietly in a corner listening. The stories sparked a lifelong interest in History and common men faced with the realities of war. I went on to serve in the United States Air Force, get married, father two children and make a carrier in Purchasing and New Product development for Brownells Inc. and Battenfield Technologies. Having attended Gunsmithing summer courses and worked in the firearms industry for over 25 years I learned a great deal about the subject. My writing career started with magazine articles dealing with firearms restoration and repair and have appeared in several national magazines including Shotgun News, Shooting Times, and American Gunsmith. Always a storyteller, I have tried to combined my love of history, knowledge of firearms, and the stories my father and uncles shared into stories of my own. Today I live in retirement in Missouri with Cecile my wife of 46 years and our dog Amber. I considers myself blessed with two grown children and four grandchildren.

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