Posted on 12 March 2012
(Above: Notable American artist John Trumbull's sketch of Colonel Louis)
Louis Cook or Akiatonharónkwen (died October 1814) was an Iroquois leader and American soldier. Born to a black father and an Abenaki mother in what is now Quebec, he was adopted as a Mohawk. He became an influential leader in the Iroquois Confederacy and distinguished himself during the French and Indian War. He later supported the United States during the American Revolutionary War, becoming the highest ranking Native American officer in the Continental Army. After the war, he became an important adviser to the Mohawk and Oneida, as well as a leading figure in the Seven Nations of Canada.
For more information on Colonel Louis, check out J.L. Bell's article on Colonel Louis here.