Native Americans Today: A Biographical Dictionary by Bruce E. Johansen

By Bruce E. Johansen

This attractive selection of local American profiles examines those participants' designated existence reports in the greater context of U.S. history.

• a hundred biographical entries prepared in an A–Z, encyclopedic format

• 50 photos and illustrations comprise unique artwork

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Banks served 18 months in prison, then taught traditional Native American lifeways and organized sacred runs around the world. Later, Banks worked at Pine Ridge as a substance-abuse counselor. He also spent considerable time working on legislation to prevent desecration of Indian graves. Banks published the first of two autobiographies, Sacred Soul, during 1988. Banks worked as well on unsuccessful efforts to free Leonard Peltier, who was convicted of killing two FBI agents, and he also acted in a few movies and created recordings of traditional music.

States. Adamson also expanded outside the borders of the United States with First Peoples Worldwide, assisting the Khwe and San people of Botswana (also known as Bushmen), aboriginal groups in Australia, and several first peoples in Canada. Adamson also engaged multinational corporations, among them Alcoa, Texaco, Rio Tinto, Merck, Ford, and Occidental, in an effort to tailor investment strategies and corporate behavior to protect rights of indigenous peoples. Many of the First Nations Development Institute’s programs have been very innovative and adapted to local conditions.

Writer Edmund Wilson recalled Anderson as “a young man in a lumberjack shirt and cap, broad of build, with a round face and lively black eyes” (Wilson, 1960, 67). Anderson was born in Buffalo, New York, and raised on the Tuscarora reservation near Niagara Falls. The name “Mad Bear” was first used by Anderson’s grandmother in reference to his hot-headedness. He adopted the name from her. S. Navy during World War II at Okinawa. He later also served in Korea. Anderson became an activist after his request for a GI Bill loan to build a house on the Tuscarora reservation was rejected.

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