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I Am Osage: How Clarence Tinker Became The First Native American Major General



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Heartdrum, 2024

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Kim Rogers (Wichita and Affiliated Tribes)

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Bobby Von Martin (Choctaw Nation)



This nonfiction picture book follows the life of Clarence Tinker, a member of the Osage Nation. As a child, he was taken from his family and community, then sent to a boarding school. This was an unfortunate and common fate for Native children during this time, and it prevented them from speaking their language or celebrating their customs. At the beginning of the twentieth century, Clarence worked hard and became a high-ranking officer in the U.S. Army. Throughout his life and despite his early childhood circumstances, Clarence was a hero who never forgot—and always treasured—his Osage heritage.

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