Author Bill Keith and Vivian

Writing a book about Bill John Baker, Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation, was a revelation in more ways than one for veteran journalist and writer Bill Keith.

“Working with Chief Bill John Baker - who by the way is my nephew - was a delight and I learned so much …,” Keith said. “The history of his ancestors can be traced back to the 1700s. His ancestor Nancy Ward was a Revolutionary War heroine who was a famed Cherokee leader during her time.”

Keith will talk about “From One Fire - The Story of Bill John Baker” for the 6 p.m., Thursday, July 20, Milam Lecture Series at the Will Rogers Memorial Theatre. Chief Baker will be attending.

“It was a pleasure learning of the wonderful vision Chief Baker has for the Cherokee Nation and the amazing things that have been accomplished during his time as Chief,” Keith said.

Lecture Series events are free and open to the public.

Keith, 83, who was born in Tahlequah, lives in Longview, Texas, with his wife, Vivian. A writer of fiction and non-fiction, he served as a Louisiana State Senator and worked as a journalist 40 years. He was a war correspondent in Vietnam, and was an investigative reporter and city editor for Shreveport newspapers.

Chief Baker served 12 years as a Cherokee Nation Council member before being elected Chief in 2011.