About the Authors

Verne Pickering

In a session with Stephen Schaitberger in 2011, I learned ofStephen’s collection of papers about Enmegahbowh, an Ojibwe, and was asked if Iwould transcribe letters in the collection.  The result was a computerarchive of about a thousand documents including about 200 letters fromEnmegahbowh in date order. Many of the letters were to Episcopal BishopWhipple, important politicians, and others. There had to be a story inthis trove. The story of Enmegahbowh, from 1813 to after 1900 is about theperiod during which land occupied by the Ojibwe was relinquished by the Ojibweto furnish timber for sawmills and land for farmers. A first draft of the storybased on the archive and on Stephen’s book collection was produced and then thereal work began. Books and documents from the Minnesota HistoricalSociety’s Gale Library was frequently referenced. The local White BearLake Library was able to deliver reference books of which only seven copiesexit in the United States.  The internet was utilized to find more substantialreferences. Ideas for the content and presentation were debated hotly. Mywriting credentials include a book co-authored with my brother DonaldPickering, published in 2009; Hatley, History of a Central Wisconsin Village.
I dedicate this book to the understanding of history of the Ojibwe duringEnmegahbowh’s lifetime.

Stephen Schaitberger

Stephen H. Schaitberger first encountered Enmegahbowh as a youth at Cass Lake Episcopal Camp located on the Leech Lake Reservation. The staff told stories around the campfire about Enmegahbowh. This was one reason he became a priest in the Episcopal Church. American Indians have been members of every congregation he has served.
In 1980 Stephen became the rector of St. Paul’s Church in Brainerd. He served in the same area where Enmegahbowh began his ministry as an Episcopalian. He was responsible for reprinting “Enmegahbowh’s Story,” which now has undergone three reprints with some additions. He also authored a resolution to theEpiscopal Diocesan Convention asking the National Church Convention to consider Enmegahbowh as a “saint” of the church. Since 1986, Enmegahbowh has been celebrated in the National Episcopal calendar on June 12.
Stephen has served over 20 years as a Chaplain in the Minnesota National Guard.He also served on the Diocesan staff for 10 years as a Canon Missioner forNorthern Minnesota. For the past 40 years he has been a professed member of theThird Order of the Society of St. Francis.
He has two adult children and an adult foster son. He is now retired and living with his wife Sharli in Minnesota and Arizona.
I dedicate this book to the Ojibwe people, with the hope for their well-beingand improved relationships. Enmegahbowh and Charlotte accomplished much in improving the lives of the Ojibwe and improving their relationships to otherAmericans. May we all be strengthened by their examples. 

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