Rod Thomas is a retired 30-year veteran of the U.S. Army. Rod holds a MA in National Security and Strategy from the US Naval War College and a MS in Transportation Management from Florida Institute of Technology. He graduated from the United States Army Command and General Staff College, the United States Army War College Strategist Program, and the United States Naval War College. He served 18 years overseas and is a Southwest Asia combat veteran. He is a co-founding director of the Association of 3d Armored Division Veterans. He is the principal at Susney, Inc., specializing in research, writing, editing, and publication design and formatting.
Along with his history research, writing and editing, he has written and edited several scores of business correspondence to include winning contract proposals, business plans, and operations guides.
He was published in the Journal of the Indian Wars and subsequently served as an associate editor along with his regular column “Thomas On-line.”
Published in several other historical publications, his first book, Rubbing Out Long Hair, about the Indian warrior art and narratives about the battle of the Little Big Horn in 1876, was published in 2009 and awarded the 2010 G. Joseph Sills, Jr Book Award by the Custer Battlefield Historical and Museum Association.
Rod is a member of the Association of Proposal Management Professionals, Western Writers of America, Western History Association, and the National Association of Photoshop Professionals.
He currently is working on a biography of White Swan, one of the six Crow scouts for the Seventh U.S. Cavalry at the Little Big Horn fight in 1876.
Rubbing Out Long Hair: The American Indian Story of the Battle of the Little Big Horn in Word and Art. Elk Plain Press. Published 2009. 2010 G. Joseph Sills, Jr Book Award by the Custer Battlefield Historical and Museum Association.
“Fake Indian Art: Fraudulent Representations of Indian Art On Exhibit or For Sale.” Contributed for publication in theEncyclopedia of American Indian Issues Today forthcoming in 2013 from ABC-CLIO Greenwood Press.
"Art and Policy.” Contributed for publication in the Encyclopedia of United States Indian Policy and Law in 2008 by Congressional Quarterly Press. Co-authored with William Mercer.
Contributing Author to Amazons to Fighter Pilots: A Biographical Dictionary of Military Women in two volumes edited by Reina Pennington with Advisory Editor Robin Higham published by Greenwood Press, Westport, CT. in 2003. Contributed biographies on American Indian women warriors.
Technical Editor for George Armstrong Custer by Dana Rau, A Compass Point Early Biographies book published by Compass Point Books, Minneapolis, Minnesota in 2001.
“Kicking Bear’s Canvas: A Warrior-Artist’s Account of the Battle of the Little Bighorn.” Journal of the Indian Wars, Volume I, Issue 1, 1999. Savas Publishing Company, Mason City, Iowa 50401. Pages 47-67.
“Thomas Online: A Beginner’s Guide to Indian Wars Research on the Web.”Journal of the Indian Wars, Volume I, Issue 2, 1999. Savas Publishing Company, Mason City, Iowa 50401. Pages 153-157.
“Thomas Online: Daughters of the Lance: Native American Women Warriors.” Journal of the Indian Wars, Volume I, Issue 3, 2000. Savas Publishing Company, Mason City, Iowa, 50401. Pages 147-154.
“Thomas Online: By Glint of Lantern Late.” Journal of the Indian Wars, Volume 2, Number 1, 2001. Carnelian Publishing Company, El Dorado Hills, California 95762. Pages 73-79.
“Warrior Art of the Battle of the Greasy Grass: An Initial Appraisal of American Indian Pictographic Battle Art.”13th Annual Custer Battlefield Historical and Museum Association Symposium, June 1999. CBHMA, Hardin, Montana. Pages 28-41.
“Women Warriors of the Little Big Horn Fight.”14th Annual Custer Battlefield Historical and Museum Association Symposium, June 2000. CBHMA, Hardin, Montana. Pages 26-39.
“Maps, Myths, Miscalculations, and Monesetah.”18th Annual Custer Battlefield Historical and Museum Association Symposium, June 2004. CBHMA, Hardin, Montana. Pages 1-11.
“Indian Fighting Doctrine: ‘No Such Thing’ or Just ‘Not Good Soldiering’?” Order of the Indian Wars, 24th Annual National Assembly, 2002.
“Warrior Art of the Little Big Horn Battle.” Presentation and publication in The Crows Nest, the Journal of the Custer Association of Great Britain, Fall 2001, pages 7-15.
“Sitting Bull’s Bones.” Website, Friends of the Little Big Horn Battlefield National Monument in 2007. Re-printed in the CBHMA Battlefield Dispatch Winter 2008.
“White Swan: Crow Warrior of the Little Big Horn.” Paper presented in April, 2010, The Denver Plains Indian Wars Symposium.
“Nez Perce Battle Art: The Untold Story.” Paper presented in September, 2010, The Order of the Indian Wars Annual National Assembly, Great Falls, Montana.
Grass in His Hand: The Crow Warrior White Swan and Defense of a People. A biography of the Crow warrior White Swan in preparation for publication in 2013.
“Hehúwessé and a Warrior’s Life: Yellow Nose’s Battles.” Paper to be presented to the Denver Plains Indian Wars Symposium in April, 2012.
“Grass In His Hands.” Paper to be presented to the CBHMA Annual Symposium in Hardin, Montana in June, 2012.
“The Cone-hatted Ones: Who were these Crow Foes?” Paper to be presented to the Crow-Cheyenne Art Symposium in Billings, Montana in September, 2012.
“The Brooks Robe: Crow or Nez Perce Battle Art?” Research report for the Field Museum in Chicago. TBP 2012.
“Wounded Knee: An Examination of a Lakota Painting of the 1890 Massacre.” Research Report for the National Museum of the American Indian. TBP 2012.