It has been said that the old west is a time gone by with values that are gone forever...
I say not so fast.

Good Words and Broken Promises

With the victories, struggles and plight of the American Indian so entwined in the fabric called America, that they are ONE, I offer you stories from these lands that still remain heresay to most.
news from the Nations

talk less and say more

Given that the rugged individualism which was a cornerstone of the American spirit since its inception is in such short supply these days, I offer you stories of those who continue to endure.
news from the west

Antlers and Armadillos

Drawing on my encounters with an America, both young and old, and so shockingly disconnected from its natural wonders, I offer you stories of all who occupy the food chain.
news from the wilds

Heroes and Hardihood

Bass Reeves

Former slave then Lawman

Fugitive slave and legendary lawman...

There are lives to be lead and then there are lifetimes to live... Bass Reeves lived a lifetime...the fact that his story wasn't told in a much bigger way on screen is a pox on the Spike Lee's of the world.

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"The Real Lone Ranger"

*Bass said he was only "fair" with a rifle but was regularly barred from turkey shoots.

William Alchesay

Medal of Honor recipient and Chief to his people.

Scout, Chief and Warrior...

The Great Grandfather of a man I call friend and the first American Indian to be awarded the Medal of Honor.

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When Words Mattered

There was a time in the west when even the least educated could turn a phrase...you will find their's and others here.

"I would rather that my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze than that it should be stifled by dry-rot.

I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet.

The proper function of man is to LIVE. I shall not waste my days trying to prolong them. I shall use my time."

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Wicked Ways

Rose Dunn

Well known as "Friend to the outlaws"

Good looks and bad friends...

And better known as "The Rose of Cimarron". Rose's identity remained a mystery until she was revealed a few years before her death in 1955.

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They don't write songs about good girls.

*The original version was written and recorded by the band Poco.

Boldness & Bravery

Hugh Glass

Mountain Man, Trapper, Frontiersman

Mauled by a "Grizz", left for dead and 200 miles from anywhere...

There is no greater tale of human endurance, and short of dying, one can only wonder how they would fair under similar circumstances ...makes me cringe about what Americans belly ache about today.

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Nearing forty years of age, Hugh was the "Old Man" of Mountain Men.

*Hugh was later killed by the very tribe that scared off Jim Bridger the day he left Hugh for dead...his killing was venged by other trappers.