Echoes of Our Ancestors: The Secret Game


Jim’s new novel tells the exciting story of a long hidden but important football game that occurred between representatives of Haskell Indian Institute (now the Haskell Indian Nations University) and professionals from the then Kansas City Cowboys in 1924 at a secret location on the Osage Indian Nation near Pawhuska, Oklahoma where Jim was born.



It is 1924 and Haskell Indian Institute has a great football team but they need a home stadium! Coach Frank McDonald plans to use an exhibition game on the Osage Reservation in Oklahoma to start the fundraising for the stadium. When proud, oil wealthy Osages and greedy gamblers, such as Titanic Thompson, Hubert “Daddy Warbucks” Cokes and Arnold Rothstein, get involved, the schoolboys from Haskell become pawns in an off-the-books contest against professional football players with the Kansas City Cowboys. But Osage Chief Fred Lookout along with such ringers as “The Wild Horse of the Osage” Pepper Martin, John “Big Skee” Levi and Jim Thorpe, have a game plan of their own. With “Pretty Boy” Floyd running the illegal alcohol concession and Deputy U.S. Marshall Frank “Pistol Pete” Eaton officiating, booze and money flow freely. Coach McDonald learns from the beautiful Cheyenne woman, Raven Who Sings, that football is much more than a game to the Fighting Indians from Haskell!


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