Yesterday we posted an item on “Indian Bob,” a friend of Gary Busey’s who appeared on Celebrity Wife Swap and gave Gayle Haggard a spiritual assessment.
Thanks to Facebook fan Lynn Manning, we have a positive ID: “Indian Bob” is Dr. Robert Primeaux, a Vietnam veteran and actor from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. Primeaux sits on the honorary board of Before They Go, an educational charity that pays tribute to military veterans. The group’s website lists Primeaux’s considerable military honors and offers this summary of his Indian warrior heritage:
Robert comes from a long line of Warriors within the Sioux Nation. His great, great Grandfather is Louis Primeau, who was Sitting Bull’s Interpreter and the interpreter for the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. His uncle was Herbert Buffalo Boy, the most decorated American Indian soldier of World War II. Herbert served with the 82nd Airborne Division and parachuted in all five major campaigns in Europe and North Africa which involved the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions.
Primeaux, a graduate of Sitting Bull college, owns several degrees and is currently working on a second Ph.D. A March 2011 article from the Daily Sparks Tribune identifies Primeaux as president of the Reno chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America. Primeaux has appeared in over a dozen films, his most notable being Rough Rider, the 1997 TV movie about Teddy Roosevelt starring Tom Berenger (Gary Busey was also in it, as Gen. “Fighting Joe” Wheeler).
Primeaux is seen as an authority on Native culture, with particular expertise regarding horses. This article from KBR Wild Horse and Burro News describes a Native horse blessing he conducted.
Primeaux was the keynote speaker at the most recent Seminole Veterans’ Day Celebration; this video from the Seminole Tribe of Florida’s YouTube channel includes a brief interview with him: