As a two-week-old infant, Richard Kitchen moved with his family to the Uintah-Ouray Indian Reservation in Utah, where his father taught and worked with the Northern Ute nation. He spent his early childhood growing up among the Utes. Following another move, he attended schools with Native American students living in a Bureau of Indian Affairs dormitory, interacting with students from various nations but predominantly Navajo, Paiute, and Hopi. Richard spent his early childhood, primary-school, and secondary-school years in a rural setting, working on the family's small ranch when not in school—milking their cow, branding cattle, herding them into the mountains, and other duties associated with the everyday necessities of a small but active ranch. Later in life, he taught courses with 100% Native American students. He studied and received certification in order to work as a graphic artist, later receiving certifcation to teach art for kindergarten through 12th grade. Richard worked on a survey crew, conducted materials testing, and helped to build parts of an interstate highway. He was a nontraditional student who went to a community college later in life and received an Associate in Science degree in political science. He then joined the military, where he worked as an intelligence analyst in Germany during the fall of the Berlin Wall and the ending of communism as a dominant governing force in Eastern Europe. Richard has been married almost 36 years and has four children and nine and three-fourths grandchildren.