60 years ago

Double voter jailed: For voting twice in the November election a Pittsburg man faces a maximum sentence of five years or a $1,000 fine, or both. Gus Brown Jr., a merchant seaman, is in the County Jail awaiting preliminary hearing on a complaint signed by Dorothy Boyd, elections officer in the county clerk's office. After voting in one precinct, Brown is said to have gone to another poling place with friends and was told there that he could, since he was registered there. Voting twice in a single election is a felony.

25 years ago

Indian chief joins in Brentwood Christmas parade: As Rey Mickinock traveled through downtown Brentwood Saturday, as part of the fifth annual Brentwood Christmas Parade, most spectators probably assumed the Montana resident was just a cowboy wearing an Indian head dress. After all, the 6-3 rugged looking Mickinock with sparkling blue eyes and graying hair has a deep voice, and despite his 66 years, carries himself with shoulders back.

However, the fair-skinned Mickinock wasn't impersonating an Indian. In fact, Mickinock is one-quarter Mandan and three-quarters Chippewa Indian. He's also the lone chief of the Mandan Tribe.


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"The one thing that I'd like to get across to people is all Indians don't look alike. They don't look like people imagine from reading history books (long black ponytails with brown skin and dark-piercing eyes)," Mickinock said.

"I've seen Indians like myself often. When I was younger my hair was blonde and I've seen redheaded Indians too," he said.

Spending a few minutes with Mickinock can be a humbling experience. As he sits straight in a chair in clothes decorated with a variety of Indian silver and turquoise jewelry, he discusses in detail the history of the Indians and the white settlers.

There is no questioning the enormous amount of pride Mickinock has for his heritage. Often, he'll go out of his way to share his heritage with school children through presentations to various classes.

-- Brentwood News files