At six chapters, it's a slim biography of an important Rapid City family.

Yet Marjorie Weinberg packs those pages with a great deal of history about Rapid City, the Rosebud tribe and Jones Beach Indian Village, a New York State park.

"The Real Rosebud: The Triumph of a Lakota Woman" contains historical facts, great family details and the story of a true friendship between a Yellow Robe, Lakota woman and Weinberg, a non-Indian.

A beautiful woman, Rosebud Yellow Robe's name proved to be an engaging conversation starter.

In Weinberg's preface, she writes how Yellow Robe's friends connected her name to Orson Welles' classic film "Citizen Kane" and its finale in which the word "Rosebud," the name of Kane's sled, symbolized the happy times of his childhood.

She writes of Yellow Robe's answer to "the inevitable question, 'Were you named after the sled?' with 'Why no, the sled was named after me.'"

If not directly, her name may have inspired Welles in naming the sled in the classic movie.

In the 1930s, Yellow Robe and Welles both worked at CBS studios in New York as broadcast celebrities on different radio programs.

"At CBS, each radio actor signed the daily log on arriving and leaving the studio. Rosebud's signature appears in these logs on the same pages as Welles', and although they were not acquainted, they must have seen each other in the studio," Weinberg writes.

Yellow Robe and Weinberg met when Weinberg was a teenager at Jones Beach Indian Village on Long Island. Their friendship lasted until Yellow Robe's death in 1992. The friendship continues through Yellow Robe's family.

The book is an example of that strong friendship.

"She was like a second mother to me," Weinberg said.

An easy read, teenagers might want to spend a leisurely afternoon exploring Yellow Robe's adventures. Like most youths, she had to work through conflicts with her parents. Her father wore the styles and fashion of the day, leaving behind the shirts, leggings and moccasins of his forbearers. He also adamantly opposed movies and their portrayals of Indians.

Rosebud found no trouble wearing traditional clothing. She often wore her regalia while working at Jones Beach. She also auditioned and appeared in movies, flourishing in her celebrity status. Later in her life, she even convinced her father to appear in a film.

History buffs will appreciate the glimpses of Rapid City in the early 20th Century, as well as the story of one native family's deftly adapting to new cultures while keeping its own.

Reid Riner, Minnelusa Pioneer Museum director, said the book was an excellent memoir, written by a third person, of one American Indian woman's contribution to cultural understanding.

"(Yellow Robe) brought her understanding to audiences that never saw Indians anywhere except on B-movies," he said. "She broke through that stereotype."

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