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Searching for my destiny /
George Blue Spruce Jr. ; as told to Deanne Durrett.
imprint
Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, c2009.
description
xv, 294 p.
ISBN
0803213735 (cloth : alk. paper), 9780803213739 (cloth : alk. paper)
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imprint
Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, c2009.
isbn
0803213735 (cloth : alk. paper)
9780803213739 (cloth : alk. paper)
contents note
Those who came before me -- Those who paved my way -- Campus brats, cousins, and the lessons of life -- Formal education, hard knocks, and rewards -- Creighton years -- Finally : Doctor Blue Spruce -- Lieutenant Blue Spruce, USN -- Indian Health Service dentist -- From the wilds of Montana to New York City -- Merchant Marines -- Back to school -- Off to South America -- Back in the States -- Special assistant, Bureau of Health Manpower Education -- Career change : the "money man" -- King of the hill -- Finally : director of the program closest to my heart -- Assistant Surgeon General -- Come, follow me -- To those who hold our future.
general note
Includes index.
catalogue key
6966613
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Review Quotes
"The inspiring story of George Blue Spruce, Jr., the first American Indian dental surgeon, is vividly rendered within the pages of this book. . . . All the youngand not-so-youngNative people who don''t believe that they can make anything of their lives should read this book."Debra Utacia Krol, Native Peoples
"The inspiring story of George Blue Spruce, Jr., the first American Indian dental surgeon, is vividly rendered within the pages of this book. . . . All the youngand not-so-youngNative people who don''t believe that they can make anything of their lives should read this book."Debra Utacia Krol,Native Peoples
"This remarkable story, told engagingly by Blue Spruce, provides scholars and students alike with the details of how self-determination played out through the work of American Indian professionals."Nicolas G. Rosenthal, New Mexico Historical Review
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Summaries
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George Blue Spruce Jr. is recognized as the first American Indian dentist in the United States. His life story reaches back to the ancient Pueblo culture cherished by his grandparents and parents and extends to state-of-the-art dentistry and the current needs of the American Indian people. Blue Spruce's journey begins on the Santa Fe Indian School campus with his parents' determination that their children would excel academically and obtain college degrees. After graduating from dental school, Dr. Blue Spruce planned to return to the pueblos to treat his people. As it turned out, his destiny reached far beyond: from the wilds of Montana to New York City to San Francisco to South America and back to the United States. In Washington DC, he presented the needs of American Indians to Congress and lunched with the president. Throughout his journey, Dr. Blue Spruce has traveled between two cultures; succeeding in mainstream society while keeping Pueblo tradition in his heart. Facing prejudice and conquering adversity, he reached the zenith of his career as director of the Phoenix Regional Indian Health Service and achieving the rank of assistant surgeon general.
Main Description
George Blue Spruce Jr. is recognized as the first American Indian dentist in the United States. His life story reaches back to the ancient Pueblo culture cherished by his grandparents and parents and extends to state-of-the-art dentistry and the current needs of the American Indian people. Blue Spruce's journey begins on the Santa Fe Indian School campus with his parents' determination that their children would excel academically and obtain college degrees. After graduating from dental school, Dr. Blue Spruce planned to return to the pueblos to treat his people. As it turned out, his destiny reached far beyond: from the wilds of Montana to New York City to San Francisco to South America and back to the United States. In Washington DC, he presented the needs of American Indians to Congress and lunched with the president. Throughout his journey Dr. Blue Spruce has traveled between two cultures, succeeding in mainstream society while keeping Pueblo tradition in his heart. Facing prejudice and conquering adversity, he reached the zenith of his career as director of the Phoenix Regional Indian Health Service and achieving the rank of assistant surgeon general of the United States.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrationsp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. xiii
Those Who Came before Mep. 1
Those Who Paved My Wayp. 14
Campus Brats, Cousins, and the Lessons of Lifep. 27
Formal Education, Hard Knocks, and Rewardsp. 44
Creighton Yearsp. 61
Finally: Doctor Blue Sprucep. 79
Lieutenant Blue Spruce, USNp. 91
Indian Health Service Dentistp. 107
From the Wilds of Montana to New York Cityp. 122
Merchant Marinesp. 135
Back to Schoolp. 149
Off to South Americap. 163
Back in the Statesp. 176
Special Assistant, Bureau of Health Manpower Educationp. 188
Career Change: The "Money Man"p. 203
King of the Hillp. 219
Finally: Director of the Program Closest to My Heartp. 232
Assistant Surgeon Generalp. 245
Come, Follow Mep. 264
To Those Who Hold Our Futurep. 280
Indexp. 287
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