Books 2

Books 2 is long overdue

As LK is a one-man show on this website, this means that it gets updated when I have the time. Since not much change has happened over the last decade, it is all on me. Believe it or not, my workload is now increasing—but change must happen. I am squeezing these changes in between the production cycle for Sand Creek and the Tragic End of a Lifeway, and its publication in March 2020. My fingers are crossed that I can pull this off. This said, I have decided to make these changes live as I make them. The reason is simple: I don’t want anyone new to this website/blog to be turned off by old information that hasn’t been updated.


Left to right: Leo Oliva, lk, & George Elmore at Fort Larned, Kansas, in April 2012. Leo & George are major players in my Indian wars life, which includes my speaking life … if not for them (and others just like them) I’d be hoeing weeds in cotton fields (and I can say this, for I hoed weeds in a cotton field in Lubbock, Texas, in 1976). This image, taken by National Park ranger Ellen Jones, forever brings back good memories for me, … memories of Kansas and Colorado and New Mexico and everywhere else in the Indian wars West. This is what I do … where I walk, and along w/my life that hangs out w/Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, and the Golden Age of Cinema, this is where I live.

Upcoming events

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)


lk art of Geronimo in progress for Wild West magazine.  (art © Louis Kraft 2013)

I have been struggling with photos, artwork, and captions for a number of magazine articles and almost forgot about publicizing
the assembly and Gatewood finding Geronimo and Naiche in Mexico and talking them into returning to the U.S. to end the last Apache war. The negotiations didn’t end the threat of hostilities … for Gatewood was front and center when Geronimo almost had a gunfight with the Prefect of Arispe (Jesus Aguirre). A short while later Gatewood threatened to shoot the next U.S. officer that moved forward when he confronted a plot to murder Geronimo and the Apaches. Oh yeah, the talk will be lively.

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.

Past events

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.