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Renegade Priest of the Northern Cheyenne
The Life and Work of Father Emmett Hoffmann 1926 -
About the Book
Renegade Priest of the Northern Cheyenne by Renee Sansom Flood tells of Father Emmett's family background, early childhood on a Wisconsin dairy farm, his mischievous seminary years and his 1954 post to St. Labre Mission in Montana. Many obstacles stood in the way of Father's vow to educate Cheyenne and Crow children.
Throughout this biography, Father Emmett's human qualities, his weaknesses, strengths, mistakes and successes illuminate life as a priest at a remote Indian mission.
Father Emmett's humanitarian achievements on behalf of the Northern Cheyenne is unequaled in the history of the Catholic Church in the 20th century American West. But success came with a terrible price. Father Emmett Hoffmann's remarkable accomplishments finally overcame the moral violence leveled against him by religious brethren, but not before it nearly cost him his life.
Father Emmett was made an Honorary Chief of the Northern Cheyenne Council of 44 in 1961.
"Father's always been here to help the children and the elders. He is just like one of us. He is a chief."
-- John Russell Jr., (White Black Bird) Chief of the Northern Cheyenne Council of 44
Father Emmett celebrated his "Golden Jubilee" as a priest in 2003.
"You know how you feel safe around your parents? that's how I felt about Father Emmett. I trusted my soul with him."
-- Rubie Sooktis, Chief Dull Knife descendant
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About the Author
Renee Sansom Flood is the author and editor of 15 books of historical nonfiction. In 2001, a SD Public TV/PBS documentary based on her book, Lost Bird of Wounded Knee (Scribner) won an Emmy.
Renee won the South Dakota Governor's Award for History and the South Dakota Hall of Fame Writer of the Year Award in 1996. She also received the Karl Mundt Distinguished Historical Writing Award.
Renee lives in Montana and lectures nationally on her writing and publishing experiences.