In celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Choctaw Code Talkers of World War I and the ending of the Great War, Anumpa Warrior honors these doughboys and their unique service.
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“I was spellbound, speechless, and teary eyed. Sarah has given life to what might otherwise have remained obscure historical facts and vague memories from 100 years ago. I'm amazed at the reality she managed to weave into such a multi-faceted story of courage, ingenuity, and diversity. As a Southeast Oklahoma Choctaw, I'm honored and proud of the service of these young Choctaw soldiers. As the granddaughter of a WWI Choctaw Code Talker, I am deeply affected by the way Sarah told their story.”
—Beth (Frazier) Lawless, granddaughter of Tobias Frazier
“Sarah is a truly a gifted storyteller and author and I say châpeau, hats off to you! This is such a great story that needed to be told and shared with the world. Her eloquent style and words give it so much life and spirit. Your book left me with a very strong, uplifting message.”
— Jeffrey Aarnio, former superintendent, American Battle Monuments Commission
“Well written and very accurate historically. I was captivated by B.B.'s experiences that made him who he was. The human experiences brought the facts to life.”
—Erin Fehr, (Yup’ik) Archivist, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Sequoyah National Research Center
I'm so glad you've joined me on this journey. You'll hear from me occasionally with updates on our travels in Indian country, and about the upcoming release of Anumpa Warrior: Choctaw Code Talkers of World War I.
As a welcome gift, please enjoy the free download below of Touch My Tears: Tales from the Trail of Tears. It was a project I headed up with nine other Choctaw authors in an effort to preserve Choctaw Removal stories. I sincerely hope you enjoy the stories, and take a piece of our history into your own heart.
Chahta sia hoke,
Sarah Elisabeth Sawyer
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Who would show up for their own execution?
It’s 1892, Indian Territory. A war is brewing in the Choctaw Nation as two political parties fight out issues of old and new ways. Caught in the middle is eighteen-year-old Ruth Ann, a Choctaw who doesn’t want to see her family killed.
In a small but booming pre-statehood town, her mixed blood family owns a controversial newspaper, the Choctaw Tribune. Ruth Ann wants to help spread the word about critical issues but there is danger for a female reporter on all fronts—socially, politically, even physically.
But what is truly worth dying for? This quest leads Ruth Ann and her brother Matthew, the stubborn editor of the fledgling Choctaw Tribune, to old Choctaw ways at the farm of a condemned murderer. It also brings them to head on clashes with leading townsmen who want their reports silenced no matter what.
More killings are ahead. Who will survive to know the truth? Will truth survive?
“Someone’s going to be king in this territory. No reason it can’t be me. It sure won’t be you.”
Someone is tearing at the fabric of the Choctaw Nation while political turmoil, assassinations, and feuds threaten the sovereignty of the tribe, which stands under the U.S. government’s scrutiny.
When heated words turn to hot lead, Ruth Ann Teller—a mixed-blood Choctaw—fears losing her brother, who won’t settle for anything but the truth. Matthew is determined to use his newspaper, the Choctaw Tribune, to uncover the scheme behind Mayor Thaddeus Warren’s claim to the townsite of Dickens. Matthew is willing to risk his newspaper—and his life—to uncover a traitor among their people.
But when Ruth Ann tries to help, she causes more harm than good—especially after the mayor brings in Lance Fuller, a schoolteacher from New York, to provide a rare educational opportunity for white children. How does this charming yet aloof young man fit into the mayor’s scheme?
When attacks against the newspaper strike and bullets fly, a trip to the Chicago World’s Fair of 1893 is the key to saving the Choctaw Tribune and Matthew’s investigation. But Ruth Ann must find the courage to face a journey to the White City—without her brother.