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In 1987, I drove Mr. Brown over to Tulsa, Oklahoma, to attend the premiere of a play based on his book Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee. David Carradine starred in the production, and Will Sampson, a fairly famous Native American actor, also had a part in it. (Sampson might be best known for his role as Chief Bromden in the film version of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.)
At the cast party after the play, Sampson told me: “A lot of Native Americans consider Dee Brown to be a god. He’s the only white man who ever told the story from the Indian’s point of view.”


Rod Lorenzen
Little Rock, AR