Renegade Priest of the Northern Cheyenne

Renegade Priest of the Northern Cheyenne by Renee Sansom Flood tells of Father Emmett’s family background, early childhood on a Wisconsin dairy farm, his mischievous seminary years and his 1954 post to St. Labre Mission in Montana. Many obstacles stood in the way of Father’s vow to educate Cheyenne and Crow children. Throughout this biography, Father Emmett’s human qualities, his weaknesses, strengths, mistakes and successes illuminate life as a priest at a remote Indian mission.

Father Emmett’s humanitarian achievements on behalf of the Northern Cheyenne is unequaled in the history of the Catholic Church in the 20th century American West. But success came with a terrible price. Father Emmett Hoffmann’s remarkable accomplishments finally overcame the moral violence leveled against him by religious brethren, but not before it nearly cost him his life.

About the Author: Renee Sansom Flood is the author and editor of 15 books of historical nonfiction. In 2001, a SD Public TV/PBS documentary based on her book, Lost Bird of Wounded Knee (Scribner) won an Emmy. Renee won the South Dakota Governor’s Award for History and the South Dakota Hall of Fame Writer of the Year Award in 1996. She also received the Karl Mundt Distinguished Historical Writing Award. Renee lives in Montana and lectures nationally on her writing and publishing experiences.

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