Three newspaper reporters kneel on the rug in the Prince's suite at the Ambassador Hotel room, 2 holding their hats and note pads as they interview and write, next to Prince Kaya, seated in a chair and wearing his military uniform. A man in a suit with a flower in the lapel stands behind him.
Luther Standing Bear, aka Ota Kte (meaning Plenty Kill) or Mochunozhin, was a Native American writer and actor. Although Standing Bear achieved many successes by American standards, including becoming a member of the Actor's Guild of Hollywood, the plight of his people remained foremost in his mind. The Wounded Knee Massacre of 1890 was particularly disturbing to him. Standing Bear published books during his lifetime to educate the public about Native American and Lakota culture and government policies toward his people. These included My People the Sioux (1928), Land of the Spotted Eagle (1933), and Stories of the Sioux (1934). In 1939, he died of the flu while on the set of the film Union Pacific. He is buried in Los Angeles, California's Hollywood Forever Cemetery.
Divine Order of the Royal Arms of the Great Eleven was founded by May Blackburn and her daughter Ruth Wieland Rizzio in the 1920s. The two women believed they were high priestesses who were charged by Angel Gabriel to write two books that would "reveal all the mysteries of life and death and heaven and earth." The cult was investigated for the death of a child Willa Rhoads and the disappearance of some of the cult's members. All of these investigations were started by a complaint made by Clifford R. Dabney, who charged that he gave Blackburn $40,000 to finish writing the books but the books never materialized.