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A Doctor among the Oglala Sioux Tribe, A Doctor among the Oglala Sioux Tribe, 080322625X, 0-8032-2625-X, 978-0-8032-2625-8, 9780803226258, Robert H. Ruby Edited and with an introduction by Cary C. Collins and Charles V. Mutschler, , A Doctor among the Oglala Sioux Tribe, 0803230060, 0-8032-3006-0, 978-0-8032-3006-4, 9780803230064, Robert H. Ruby Edited and with an introduction by Cary C. Collins and Charles V. Mutschler

A Doctor among the Oglala Sioux Tribe
The Letters of Robert H. Ruby, 1953-1954
Robert H. Ruby
Edited and with an introduction by Cary C. Collins and Charles V. Mutschler

hardcover
2010. 448 pp.
13 b&w photos, 5 maps, 4 figures, appendix
978-0-8032-2625-8
$45.00 s
 

In 1953 young surgeon Robert H. Ruby began work as the chief medical officer at the hospital on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. He began writing almost daily to his sister, describing the Oglala Lakota people he served, his Bureau of Indian Affairs colleagues, and day-to-day life on the reservation.
 
Ruby and his wife were active in the social life of the non-white community, which allowed Ruby, also a self-trained ethnographer, to write in detail about the Oglala Lakota people and their culture, covering topics such as religion, art, traditions, and values. His frank and personal depiction of conditions he encountered on the reservation examines poverty, alcoholism, the educational system, and employment conditions and opportunities. Ruby also wrote critically of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, describing the bureaucracy that made it difficult for him to do his job and kept his hospital permanently understaffed and undersupplied. These engaging letters provide a compelling memoir of life at Pine Ridge in the mid-1950s.

Robert H. Ruby (1921–2013) is the author of numerous books, including Oglala Sioux: Warriors in Transition, available in a Bison Books edition. Cary C. Collins is the editor of Assimilation’s Agent: My Life as a Superintendent in the Indian Boarding School System (Nebraska 2007) and Oglala Sioux: Warriors in Transition, available in a Bison Books edition. Charles V. Mutschler is the university archivist at the Eastern Washington University Archives and the author of Wired for Success: The Butte, Anaconda, and Pacific Railway, 1892–1985.

"These letters provide a unique glimpse into life at Pine Ridge as well as insights into the daily workings of the IHS."—M.J. Schneider, CHOICE


Publication of this volume was assisted by The Virginia Faulkner Fund, established in memory of Virginia Faulkner, editor in chief of the University of Nebraska Press.

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