Richard began his career as a teacher, creating the first alternative school in the Tulsa area in the late 1970's. It was as a U.S. History teacher that he began seeking an understanding of the Cheyenne taking him outside of the common narrative he was teaching his students. Although his journey to uncover their story propelled him over the next forty years to write the book, he has continued working with youth up to the present becoming more involved in systems of care addressing emotionally wounded youth in our communities.
His life is full. He and his wife, Cindy, have three children, Sara, David and Mikey, each with houses full of children of their own. He is driven by faith and hope, now more than ever, that the historical traumas which have devastated populations generation after generation, are being recognized as significantly contributing to our personal and social problems. Through an agency in which he is the Managing Partner, A New Way Center, and a new foundation he has recently created, Make a New Way Foundation, he is finally tying together the call "Let Us Make A New Way" and the life of Morning Star with the systems of care efforts by assisting communities in overcoming historical traumas.