The Last Days of the Sioux Nation

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Yale University Press, 2004 - History - 314 pages
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This fascinating account tells what the Sioux were like when they first came to their reservation and how their reaction to the new system eventually led to the last confrontation between the Army and the Sioux at the Battle of Wounded Knee Creek. A classic work, it is now available with a new preface by the author that discusses his current thoughts about a tragic episode in American history that has raised much controversy through the years.

Praise for the earlier edition:

"History as lively and gripping as good fiction.”

"One of the finest books on the Indian wars of the West.”--Montana

"A well-told, easily read account that will be the standard reference for this phase of the Indian 'problem.’”--American Historical Review

"A major job . . . magnificently researched.”--San Francisco Chronicle

"By far the best treatment of the complex and controversial relationship between the Sioux and their conquerors yet presented and should be must reading for serious students of Western Americana.”--St. Louis Dispatch (on the earlier edition)

Winner of the Buffalo Award
 

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Utley is a superb narrative historian and his compelling account of the end of the free days Sioux people makes a heartaching read. Read full review

Contents

1 The Field of Wounded Knee
1
2 The Old Life
6
3 The New Life
18
4 The Land Agreement
40
5 The Indian Messiah
60
6 Crisis for the Sioux Agents
84
7 The Army Moves In
113
8 Brooke Tries for Peace
134
10 Big Foot
167
11 The Search for the Miniconjous
187
12 Wounded Knee
200
13 Drexel Mission
231
14 Tightening the Ring
251
15 The Final Reckoning
271
Bibliography
287
Index
303

9 The End of Sitting Bull
146

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About the author (2004)

Robert M. Utley, former Chief Historian & Assistant Director of the National Park Service, is the author of many books & articles on the West, "Cavalier in Buckskin", also published by the University of Oklahoma Press, won the 1989 Western Heritage Wrangler Award for Outstanding Nonfiction Book & was a Book-of-the-Month Club & History Book Club selection. Since his retirement from the federal government, he has devoted himself full time to historical research & writing.

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