The Boss With The High Forehead

John Clum Illustration by Bob Boze Bell

In 1874 a young New Yorker, John P. Clum, 22, accepted a difficult assignment, to be the Indian Agent for the San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation in Arizona Territory. He did so with some distinction, establishing an Indian Tribal Police, a Tribal Court and forming a system of Indian self-rule. He even arrested Geronimo. The Apaches called him Nantan Betunnykahyeh, which means the “Boss With the High Forehead” based on his tall
and balding noggin’.

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Bob Boze Bell

In 1999, Bob Boze Bell and partners bought True West magazine (published since 1953) and moved the editorial offices to Cave Creek, Arizona. Bell has published and illustrated books on Billy the Kid, Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday, as well as Classic Gunfights, an Old West gunfight book series. His latest books are The 66 Kid and True West Moments.