Richard graduated from Chilocco Indian School, lettered in many sports and was in the National Honor Society. He worked for Southwest Industries for 10 years. He was self made entrepreneur and business man specializing in Navajo Silversmithing. Credited for being the first to do storyteller bracelets and channel work.
A master of mosaic inlay and double layer inlay. One of his Concho belts is displayed in the permanent collection at the National Museum of the American Indian at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C. His work can also be found in the permanent collection at the Heard Museum in Phoenix, AZ. He has work published in Gregory Schaaf's book "American Indian Jewelry I". He was also a Navajo composer and recording artist and nominated for a Grammy.