By Bruce E. Johansen
This attractive number of local American profiles examines those members' certain existence stories in the greater context of U.S. history.
• a hundred biographical entries prepared in an A–Z, encyclopedic format
• 50 images and illustrations contain unique artwork
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Bell was born on the Caughnawaga (now Kahnawake) Reserve, near Montreal, October 8, 1952, to a Mohawk father and a Caucasian mother from the United States. He began playing piano by the age of eight, when his family moved to Columbus, Ohio; he also displayed talent by age 10 on the saxophone and violin. Bell earned a bachelor’s in music at Ohio State University in 1975, studying with George Haddad. During high school, Bell traveled with local singers who were auditioning for roles in a Broadway musical on a national tour.
Activist and Journalist Benedict volunteered for military service in World War II, after objecting to the draft in peacetime on grounds that the United States could not conscript Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) to enlist in its armed forces. Benedict initially served three months in jail for refusing to be drafted because he could not afford even minimal bail. First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt intervened with local Selective Service authorities to allow Benedict’s release from jail. He later volunteered for service to avoid further prosecution, and because war had been declared following Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor.
This organization organized benefit concerts to fund grants, scholarships, and tours for musicians of schools on Canadian Native reserves. While the foundation became his major avocation, Bell continued his work as a musician. He conducted the National Ballet of Canada’s orchestra during 1985, and was a guest conductor for the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London during 1987. He took a role in a benefit concert with the Toronto Symphony in 1991. S. Public Broadcasting TV series The Trial of Standing Bear, and for the Baton Broadcasting TV film Divided Loyalties.