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The Lakotas and the Black Hills: The Struggle for Sacred Ground (Penguin's Library of American Indian History)by Jeffrey Ostler
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The story of the Lakota Sioux's loss of their spiritual homelands and their remarkable legal battle to regain it
The Lakota Indians counted among their number some of the most famous Native Americans, including Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse. Their homeland was in the magnificent Black Hills in South Dakota, where they found plentiful game and held religious ceremonies at charged locations like Devil's Tower. Bullied by settlers and the U. S. Army, they refused to relinquish the land without a fight, most famously bringing down Custer at Little Bighorn. In 1873, though, on the brink of starvation, the Lakotas surrendered the Hills.
But the story does not end there. Over the next hundred years, the Lakotas waged a remarkable campaign to recover the Black Hills, this time using the weapons of the law. In The Lakotas and the Black Hills, the latest addition to the Penguin Library of American Indian History, Jeffrey Ostler moves with ease from battlefields to reservations to the Supreme Court, capturing the enduring spiritual strength that bore the Lakotas through the worst times and kept alive the dream of reclaiming their cherished homeland.
Ostler chronicles the story of the Lakota Sioux's loss of their spiritual homelands and their remarkable legal battle to regain it.
A concise and engrossing account of the Lakota and the battle to regain their homeland.
The Lakota Indians made their home in the majestic Black Hills mountain range during the last millennium, drawing on the hills' endless bounty for physical and spiritual sustenance. Yet the arrival of white settlers brought the Lakotas into inexorable conflict with the changing world, at a time when their tribe would produce some of the most famous Native Americans in history, including Red Cloud, Sitting Bull, and Crazy Horse. Jeffrey Ostler's powerful history of the Lakotas' struggle captures the heart of a people whose deep relationship with their homeland would compel them to fight for it against overwhelming odds, on battlefields as varied as the Little Bighorn and the chambers of U.S. Supreme Court.
About the Author
Jeffrey Ostler is professor of history at the University of Oregon. His 2004 book, The Plains Sioux and U.S. Colonialism from Lewis and Clark to Wounded Knee, won the Caughley Western History Association Prize for the best book of 2004 in Western U.S. History.
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