Thu, May 23

<i>The Write Stuff</i><br>CV writer introduces narrative book on Native American veterans<br>

In his first novel, "The American Indian Warrior Today," his portrayal of American Indian life is more positive and the narratives reflect life stories as told to him by Native American veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces.

The people interviewed come from various tribal backgrounds with a wide range of accomplishments as well as different cultural perceptions of tribal history, tradition and spiritual outlook.

"The American Indian Warrior Today" is about individuals recognizing a strong connection to their heritage while featuring others living in another dominant society who have relatively little exposure to Native American tradition. All, however, recognize themselves as American Indian tribal people.

In his book, Boyd has written about veterans who have followed a tradition of American Indian service in the U.S. Armed Forces whose entire view of life is influenced by this perspective.

Being a Native American and a Vietnam veteran, Boyd claims the information he presents is from an insider's perspective. His objective is to explain the warrior ethic of the American Indian as it survives today and the seven narratives of these veterans will illustrate how that ethic affected the lives of these modern-day warriors.

J. Boyd MorningStorm was born on Wisconsin's Menominee Indian reservation in 1947. He was raised in a place called Niw-o-pet.

In 1965, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. and that November found himself in Okinawa, Japan, for a two-month jungle warfare training program.

In January 1966, MorningStorm was assigned to the Alpha Company, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division for a one-year tour of duty in Vietnam.

Following his service, MorningStorm enrolled at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and completed his bachelor's degree in elementary education. He completed his Secondary Education Social Studies Certification requirements at Florida State University, Tallahassee. He obtained his master's degree in American Indian Studies and his Ph.D. in comparative Cultural and Literary Studies from the University of Arizona, Tucson.

MorningStorm has taught in various schools around the country including the Navajo Nation. He has also served as director of a Native teacher education program. Now retired, he resides in Camp Verde where he continues writing about Native American veterans and Native American subjects.

Traders Gallery is hosting a book signing for Boyd on Friday, April 23, 4-8 p.m., and Saturday, April 24, from noon to 6 p.m. Traders Gallery is located at 2550 Arizona 89A in Sedona. For details, call 282 1736.

"The American Indian Warrior Today" by J. Boyd MorningStorm runs approximately 140 pages. Cost is $24.95 and it can be purchased through Sunflower University Press, 1531 Yuma, P.O. Box 1009, Manhattan, KS 66505. You can also order the book by calling Angela Dawdy, director of operations, at (800) 258-1232 or call J. Boyd MorningStorm at 567-9048.