The Past Meets the Present in This Coming-of-age Novel of Native American Heritage

Heritage by Richard L. DuMont
Heritage by Richard L. DuMont
LIVONIA, Mich. - March 4, 2020 - PRLog -- A coming-of-age story set against the backdrop of the 1970s, Heritage by Richard L. DuMont follows Johnny Hunter, a young Cheyenne boy growing up on a Montana Indian Reservation.

Sixteen-year-old Johnny Hunter dreams of earning a basketball scholarship so he can leave the Northern Cheyenne Reservation and go to college, the only way out of the cycle of poverty and depression continuing all around him. As suicide, a drug overdose, and depression tear his team and his tribe apart, Johnny and his grandfather, tribal elder Gray Man, must use their spiritual vision to guide their community back to the traditions of their ancestors. Johnny will have to face his own fears and doubts in order to heal his community, break the pattern of the past, and lead his team to victory. Now Johnny must find the best path in the modern world for himself and his family, without losing himself or his heritage in the process.

"My novels about Johnny Hunter tell the untold story of modern life on a Native American reservation. As a people, they are the forgotten Americans and I want to draw attention to their poverty and struggle to survive," says author Richard L. DuMont. "Johnny Hunter is a fictionalized person, but I hope he is a true representation of a Native American teenager."

The Johnny Hunter novels will appeal to both middle grade and early young adult readers. Other titles in the series include Johnny Hunter.

Heritage is published by BHC Press and is available in hardcover 978-1-64397-068-4), trade softcover (978-1-64397-077-6), and ebook (978-1-64397-078-3) at fine book retailers everywhere. Booksellers, librarians, and retailers can purchase copies though Ingram, Baker & Taylor, Bertrams, Overdrive, and Perma-Bound.

To learn more about Heritage and other titles available through BHC Press, visit their website at

About the author: Richard L. DuMont has been fascinated by Native Americans and their history since he was a young boy. He enjoys researching Native American cultures and has visited the Pine Ridge and Northern Cheyenne reservations during trips to Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks. A Vietnam veteran and a graduate of Xavier University, he lives in Cincinnati near his children and grandchildren. His previously published works include Hunkpapa Sioux and the young adult series Johnny Hunter.

About BHC Press: BHC Press is an award-winning independent publisher of general fiction and nonfiction hardcover, softcover, and ebooks for both YA and adults. To learn more, visit

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