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Bernard Francis Ederer was born near Morton, Minnesota, where he learned to know and understand his neighbors, the Sioux Indians. After service in World War I, he graduated from Marquette University and practiced dentistry in Morris, Minnesota, for twenty years. His interest in history and conservation prompted the late Governor Floyd Olson to appoint him to the Minnesota Conservation Commission.
Later his enthusiasm for adventure took him on an exploration of the Arctic region in 1939-40. Returning from this trek, he was elected to the Minnesota legislature. He left the State capital in 1943 for active duty in World War II, and he now holds the rank of commander in the U.S.N.R. He is also a uranium prospector, spending months in isolated mountain regions in jeep and on horseback. Television Adventure Films of Hollywood have produced two programs, Top of America and Uranium Strike, relating to his adventures. He was married in Redwood Falls, Minnesota, to Clara Mary Wendling—coincidentally on the anniversary of the last day of the battle of Birch Coulie. The family now resides in Del Mar, California, and Dr. Ederer maintains his office in nearby lovely La Jolla.
The Governor of the Chicasaw Nation Says:
“Writers have too often depicted the American Indian in the most deplorable roles. History also fails to record that the American Indians were such trusting people that the white men interpreted the trust as stupidity. This book is not only tolerant to the Sioux but has a tender love story skillfully woven around the tragic events of that time. “I particularly appreciate Dr. Ederer’s true portrayal of the Indians as proud Americans, honorably loving their families, feeling joy and sorrow the same as their white brothers, and historically often far superior in morals. The viewpoint of the Indian is extremely well told in Birch Coulie. The reader will grasp a new outlook about the life of the Sioux Indian during this obscure era in American history. . .
-FLOYD E. MAYTUBBY
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma