Nebraska Authors

Felix White, Sr.

Born 1907-07-06 Thurston , NE (USA)

Died 1996-06-05

Felix White's mother was Oneida and his father was Winnebago. He spoke both languages as well as Lakota. He was a long time Union Pacific Railroad employee. He served on the Winnebago Tribal Council and initiated a successful lawsuit against the Army Corps of Engineers for the return of traditional lands on the Iowa side of the Missouri River. White taught Winnebago language and culture at area community colleges. He was treasured as an accomplished traditional Winnebago storyteller, in their native Hoocagra language. See the paper by Danker listed below. His contributions to his community were recognized in 1994 with a Nebraska Arts Council Heritage/Governor's Folk Artist Award.

The Nebraska State Historical Society has a longer on-line biography of White. See also the paper in the University of Nebraska Digital Commons: Danker, Kathleen Ann, "The Winnebago Narratives of Felix White, Sr.: Style, Structure and Function (North American Indians)" (1985). ETD collection for University of Nebraska - Lincoln. AAI8521450.


Places Lived

Winnebago, NE
Omaha, NE

Author Of

  • Nonfiction


Winnebago Tribal Members; Traditional Winnebago Folklore; Storytellers


Genoa Indian Industrial School 1918-1926, Genoa, NE
Winnebago 1927-1928
Bacone College, Oklahoma 1928-1930, Muskogee, OK


Railroad Employee

Places Worked

Union Pacific Railroad


1994 Nebraska Arts Council Heritage/Governor's Folk Artist Award


Author's son, Felix White, Jr., was Director of the Nebraska Commission on Indian Affairs, and Executive Director of Winnebago.


Kathleen Danker, The Hollow of Echoes. 1978. (Contributing Author)

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