M. Wendelboe entered the law enforcement profession after discharge from the Marines following the Vietnam War. His career included assisting federal & tribal law enforcement agencies in conflicts with American Indian Movement activists in South Dakota. Wendelboe remained a sheriff’s deputy for more than 25 years in Gillette, Wyoming & served successful stints as police chief & policy adviser before retiring after 38 years to pursue his true vocation as a fiction writer.
Wendelboe’s appreciation of Lakota culture is reflected in the themes of his popular Spirit Road Mystery series. His latest book in the Bitter Wind Mystery series was released in October. He lives & writes in Cheyenne, Wyoming.
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Ernie LaPointe is a Sun Dancer, Native American author, orator & founder of the Sitting Bull Family Foundation. His great grandfather, Hunkapapa Lakota chief Sitting Bull served as a strong leader among Native Americans. LaPointe served in the Army for six years & fulfilled one tour in Vietnam. He overcame significant personal challenges including PTSD to advocate for the culture & spirituality of the Lakota. The Sitting Bull Family Foundation preserves the history & heritage of LaPointe’s great grandfather.
LaPointe’s book, Sitting Bull: His Life and Legacy, is the only book on Sitting Bull written by a lineal descendant & differs from what has become the standard & widely accepted biographies of Sitting Bull. LaPointe speaks to audiences throughout the United States & abroad about the history of Sitting Bull, as well as the cultural heritage of the Lakota people. LaPointe lives the traditional way of the Lakota, following the rules of the sacred pipe. He resides in Rapid City with his wife Sonja.
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