I’m alive when on the road …
Kraft talk September 26, 2013, Tucson, Az.
“Gatewood’s Assignment: Geronimo”
(at the Radisson Suites Tucson)
|The talk is one of several that kick off the 34th Annual Order of the Indian Wars Assembly, which this year features a tour,
“On the Trail of Geronimo”
September 27-29, 2013
(note that I’ll only be speaking on the 26th, and won’t be on the tour)
I have been struggling with photos, artwork, and captions for a number of magazine articles and almost forgot about publicizing
Mike Koury, who runs the Order of the Indian Wars, has been a good friend since we met in 1987 when we both spoke at an event in SoCal. Over the years he has done a lot to help my Indian wars career, most recently in an OIW publication advertising the “On the Trail of Geronimo” event and tour. While listing Gatewoood & Geronimo (2000) as suggested reading, he wrote: “If you’ve seen Louis at our conferences, or heard him at other venues you will see [that] he writes just as he speaks, beautifully.” Kind words; thanks Mike.
If going, call Radisson Suites Tucson (520.721.7100) and mention reservations for the Order of the Indian Wars (OIW). The special rate, available both before and after the Assembly is $109.00 (exclusive of taxes) and includes free transportation to and from the airport. If rooms are still available on August 15, the hotel cost reverts to its normal rate of $149.95 for the OIW event.
See the Order of the Indian Wars website for complete details.
Order of the Indian Wars Denver Symposium (April 20, 2013)
“Wynkoop’s Last Stand” talk by LK
National Guard Base in Centennial, Colorado
Other speakers & Lodging:
* John Monnett – Sharp Knives and Hatchets: Mutilation, Scalping, and Body Parts in the Indian Wars
* Michael O’Keefe – The Custer Literature
* Douglas McChristian – Fort Bowie and the Battle of Apache Pass
* Daniel Martinez – Arial Photography of Custer’s Trail to the Little Bighorn
Doors open at 8:30 AM on April 20, and the first speaker is at 9:30 AM. Donuts, coffee, and juice (hopefully water, too) will be served in the morning. Lunch is included with your registration.
LaQuinta Inn and Suites, Denver Tech Center, 7077 South Clinton St., Greenwood Village, CO 80112. Phone: 303.649.9969. When you call to make reservations, refer to Group #541, and ask for the group rates for “The Order of the Indian Wars.” The group rates are $49 per night plus tax. To receive these rates, reservations must be made prior to March 29, 2013.
Directions to National Guard HQ Auditorium:
From I-25, go east on Arapahoe Road to South Revere Parkway (1st light after Peoria). Turn south on South Revere Parkway, cross East Briarwood Ave. The Colorado National Guard Auditorium is inside the fenced parking area on your left at 6868 South Revere Parkway.
Directions to La Quinta Inn & Suites from National Guard HQ Auditorium:
From the National Guard auditorium, go to East Arapahoe Road and turn left. Travel west on Arapahoe Road to South Clinton Road, just before I-25. Turn left on South Clinton. La Quinta Inn & Suites are less than a mile on the right.
The registration fee for the Denver Symposium is $35 if paid by April 1, 2013. If you elect to pay at the door, the registration fee is $45. Send your check to: The Order of the Indian Wars, P.O. Box 1650, Johnstown, Colorado 80534. You are not required to be a member of OIW to attend the Symposium.
Check the Order of the Indian Wars website for additional information.
A little BG on the Wynkoop talk:
Ned Wynkoop went a westering in the late 1850s, and like most whites on the frontier he was prejudiced against Indians. But, unlike most of his contemporaries, he would soon realize that Indians were human beings. After attempting to end an Indian war in 1864 only to have people who thought they were protected attacked by the military and savagely hacked to pieces, he became perhaps the most hated white man in Colorado Territory when he stood firm for Indian rights for the remainder of the decade. Yes, he was a little before his times. My talks are always lively, and this one will deal with Wynkoop taking on the U.S. government for what he considered the murder of innocent Indian people in 1868.
A note here, … my life has changed. In bygone days I had on occasion covered a good part of the expenses (if not all) for some of my talks that weren’t local. Those days are gone. All future talks will include a minimum salary plus all expenses (see the Talks page). In the past I had only been a mercenary in the software world—alas, the freelance world has caught up with technology. Mercenary? Hell no—I’m a pirate, and looking for a vessel to commandeer.