- William Henry Dietz
Name=Lone Star Dietz
Caption=Dietz, as a member of the Carlisle football team between 1909 and 1912.
Rice Lake, WI
William Henry "Lone Star" Dietz (1884-1964) was the
head coachof the Boston Redskins (now Washington Redskins) of the National Football League. George Preston Marshall, owner and founder of the franchise, sought to rename the Boston Braves after leaving the stadium they shared with the baseball team of the same name. He chose the name Redskins in honor of Dietz, who claimed to be part Sioux. Dietz also coached at Washington State College, including its only Rose Bowl Gamewin in 1916, Purdue University, and the University of Wyoming, among other schools. Dietz played at the Carlisle Indian Industrial Schoolof Carlisle, PA, a teammate of Jim Thorpe, under famed coach Pop Warner.
Dietz's Indian heritage was first contested in 1918 by a draft agent for the U.S. Armed Forces during
World War Iwhen Dietz registered himself as a "Non-Citizen Indian," as the U.S. Government had not yet acknowledged Native Americans as U.S. citizens at that time.
*" [http://Tuxedo-Press.com Keep A-goin': the life of Lone Star Dietz] " (2006) ISBN 0-9774486-1-4, hardback; ISBN 0-9774486-0-6, softcover (2006)
*" [http://Tuxedo-Press.com Doctors, Lawyers, Indian Chiefs] " (2008) ISBN 978-0-9774486-7-8 softcover devotes a chapter to Lone Star Dietz
* [http://www.thepeoplespaths.net/news/dietz.htm Biography at PA Sports Hall of Fame]
* [http://www.lonestardietz.com/ Tribute site]
* [http://www.indiancountry.com/content.cfm?id=1090337978 Reclaiming James One Star (Information on Dietz's heritage.)]
* [http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2006/sep/27/lone_stars_legend/?sports Associated Press article on Dietz]
* [http://www.YouTube.com/TomBenjey Video on Lone Star Dietz biography]
* [http://Tuxedo-Press.com Publisher of Lone Star Dietz biographies]
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