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Sun City, Arizona – Friday, March 25, 2016 – Sun Valley Lodge is hosting a free presentation entitled “Native in a Strange Land: The Life of Mike Burns, Indian Scout” on Thursday, March 31st at 10:30 AM.  The program will be presented by Gregory McNamee and is part of the Lodge’s Discover Arizona series.  The series is made possible through a grant from the Arizona Humanities Council.

Mike Burns lived a long life in two worlds. Born in about 1862 into the Kwevkepaya (Yavapai) people, he was taken prisoner by U.S. soldiers after his family was massacred at a place called Skeleton Cave. He lived for years as something between a captive and a servant until joining the Indian Scouts, riding against Sitting Bull after the Battle of Little Bighorn and Geronimo in the Apache Wars. Gregory McNamee, the editor of Burns’s memoir The Only One Living to Tell, recounts Burns’s life in the context of nineteenth-century Arizona history.

Gregory McNamee is a writer, editor, photographer, and publisher. He is the author of forty books and of more than five thousand articles and other publications. He is a contributing editor to the Encyclopædia Britannica, a research fellow at the Southwest Center of the University of Arizona, and a lecturer in the Eller School of Management, also at the University of Arizona.

The Discover Arizona series consists of four programs that each feature a different aspect of Arizona history presented by an accomplished speaker.  Programs are scheduled for the last four Thursdays in March at 10:30 AM.

All of the programs are free and open to the public. Sun Valley Lodge is located at 12415 N. 103rd Avenue in Sun City.  For more details please call 623-933-0137.

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Sun Valley Lodge is a nonprofit organization and has been providing independent living, assisted living, and skilled nursing care in Sun City, Arizona for over 40 years.


Michael Kloberdanz
Sun Valley Lodge
Phone (623) 933-0137
Fax (623) 933-5846



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