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J.D. Colbert

January 7, 2023 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

The Tulsa Historical Society and Museum and Magic City Books are proud to welcome J.D. Colbert, author of Between Two Fires: The Creek Murders and the Birth of the Oil Capital of the World, for a book launch event on Saturday January 7, 2023 at 11:00 am at the Tulsa Historical Society and Museum (2445 S. Peoria).

This event is free and open to the public. Copies of Between Two Fires will be for sale at the event and at the conclusion of the presentation, Mr. Colbert will sign copies of the book.

About Between Two Fires

Kill the Indian, Save the Man. That is the goal of the Dawes Commission, a federal agency. The Commission is charged with destroying the Muscogee-Creek Nation by allotting communally owned tribal lands to individual members. Forced assimilation is the zeitgeist of 1920s Oklahoma.

Sam Davis is a handsome, roguish, half-breed. He brokers real estate between illiterate Creeks and land-hungry palefaces. Assimilation makes for good business. Oil strikes bring thousands of fortune-seeking whites to Tulsa. Sam’s commissions soar against cascading reports of missing and murdered Creeks.

When Sam is asked to find Millie Neharky, a missing Creek girl, he meets Zitkala-Sa, a beautiful Lakota-Creek activist from the Indian Rights Association. Determined to protect the Creeks, Zitkala is investigating stories of graft and murder. Sam and Zitkala discover a grand conspiracy to steal Creek allotments in the Glenn Pool. It is the world’s largest reservoir of oil. The trail leads to Tulsa City Hall and powerful mayor John Simmons. The mayor has a grandiose vision of creating The Magic City.

Sam is unwittingly but deeply entangled in the conspiracy. As he descends deeper into the darkness of the web of deceit, the luminosity of his Native identity increases. Sam and Zitkala carry on a passionate and tempestuous love affair as they struggle to defeat Mayor Simmons and his oil baron cronies. In Millie, Zitkala must confront a tragic secret from her past while Sam grapples with the clarion call of his Creek culture.

J.D. Colbert has been a columnist for several Indigenous publications including The Hownikan (Citizen Potwatomi Nation), The Chickasaw Times (Chickasaw Nation), and Native Oklahoma Magazine. Prior to devoting himself full time to writing, Mr. Colbert had a long and successful career in the banking and finance industry where he specialized in providing banking services to Native American tribes and tribal members.


January 7, 2023
11:00 am - 12:00 pm


Tulsa Historical Society
2445 S Peoria Avenue
Tulsa, OK 74114
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