Sherman Miller

Sherman was born to Robert Miller Sr. and Pricilla Tousey Miller. He has 3 sisters, Darlene Dworshak, ILA Jean Pomroy and Valerie Elmergreen and one brother Robert Miller Jr.

The family resided in Morgan Siding. He attended the Stockbridge-Munsee Indian School where his father was a janitor and his mother was a cook. He was recruited to help at the school and thereafter you would find him sweeping floors every day after school. He was a bit of a loner and enjoyed his solitude picking berries each day during the summer months. He remembers the family borrowing Uncle Mace’s horse so he could cultivate their garden.

His mother’s sister had a boy born the same day as Sherman so not only did he have a ‘twin" cousin but also a built in playmate as his parents helped in raising his "twin" cousin, Donald Plass.

Sherman attended Bowler High School where his time was filled not only in schooling but also in many extracurricular activities including sports, singing, band, drum and bugle corp, and student government of which he was his class’ president throughout his high school years. He graduated from Bowler High School.  His further education includes technical schooling, some college and many courses and seminars relating to his various jobs.

Post high school Sherman joined the United States Air Force where he jokingly refers to his tour of duty as "he played in the band". After being discharged he worked for the telephone company for 4 years. It was here he met his wife Marilyn whom he has many pet names for and he states, with a chuckle, "She answers to all of them". They have 1 daughter and 2 sons. Their daughter Diane, who worked as an information technology assistant for 10 years, is currently working as an assistant secretary to the tribal chairman. Their sons are, Jeff who is retired from the United States Marine Corp. and currently manages a Yacht building facility, and Mark who is a computer designer.

Sherman has worked a variety of jobs including being in the insurance business for 14 years. He spent 9 years with Project Phoenix, a federally funded program through the Dept of Justice to help insure that American Indians charged with crimes had an advocate to help represent the cultural differences in a "white mans" court system. They helped between 800 and 1000 people some of which took a simple judges chamber chat to explain that the accused was fresh from the Reservation and did not understand what they did was a crime in that society. Although the project was very successful in bridging many gaps the government cut the funding for this program and it ended.

From there he transferred to the Department of Transportation where he recruited American Indians for apprentice programs relating to building roads. He retired from that service after 11 years.

Sherman states that his combined 20 years working with his Indian brothers helped him learn how to live in a white dominated society. He learned that he could be his "Indian self" for 16 hours and day but needed to adapt to a different system of living the other 8 hours while working. He has lived by his father’s words that as an Indian he would have to be twice as good to be considered half as good as his white counterpart. He is proud of striving for goals and exceeding the limitations at times. He also would like to encourage fellow young bucks to include in their goals the importance of voting and having a say in your world, to examine everything and to act on what our Great Spirit inspires. He has a wonderful story about how unknowingly he was guided by the Great Spirit and ended up being part of a much bigger event involving the famed white buffalo. Keep an eye open for this story in a future issue.