Counting Coup: A True Story of Basketball and Honor on the Little Big Horn

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Grand Central Publishing, Sep 21, 2000 - Fiction - 448 pages
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In Native American tradition, a warrior gained honor and glory by "counting coup" -- touching his enemy in battle and living to tell the tale. This is a modern story of...

COUNTING COUP

In this extraordinary work of journalism, Larry Colton journeys into the world of Montana's Crow Indians and follows the struggles of a talented, moody, charismatic young woman named Sharon LaForge, a gifted basketball player and a descendant of one of George Armstrong Custer's Indian scouts. But "Counting Coup" is far more than just a sports story or a portrait of youth. It is a sobering exposť of a part of our society long since cut out of the American dream.

Along the banks of the Little Big Horn, Indians and whites live in age-old conflict and young Indians grow up without role models or dreams. Here Sharon carries the hopes and frustrations of her people on her shoulders as she battles her opponents on and off the court. Colton delves into Sharon's life and shows us the realities of the reservation, the shattered families, the bitter tribal politics, and a people's struggle against a belief that all their children -- even the most intelligent and talented -- are destined for heartbreak. Against this backdrop stands Sharon, a fiery, undaunted competitor with the skill to dominate a high school game and earn a college scholarship. Yet getting to college seems beyond Sharon's vision, obscured by the daily challenge of getting through the season -- physically and ps
 

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This book is really inspirational about overcoming other people’s expectations when you are doing something you love. For Sharon, she fought against racial discrimination in Montana and played basketball with all her heart, whether it meant that they got first place or not. It affected my life as I was on my school’s basketball team and really strived to play with her kind of attitude, determined and relentless to reach the top. I would really recommended this book to anyone who likes to read about real life struggles or people who want to be encouraged about a sport they play. However, it is not for those who do not like sad endings. I was quite disappointed with how the book ended, but I had to remember that this was a true story and everyone can’t have a happy ending. Other than that, it stayed true to what the cover of the book said, “A True Story of Basketball and Honor on the Little Big Horn”, I would definitely love to read it again. 

Contents

CHAPTER TWO
CHAPTER THREE
CHAPTER FOUR
CHAPTER FIVE
PART II
CHAPTER SIX
CHAPTER SEVEN
PART III
CHAPTER TWENTYTHREE
CHAPTER TWENTYFOUR
CHAPTER TWENTYFIVE
CHAPTER TWENTYSIX
CHAPTER TWENTYSEVEN
CHAPTER TWENTYEIGHT
CHAPTER TWENTYNINE
CHAPTER THIRTY

CHAPTER EIGHT
CHAPTER NINE
CHAPTER TEN
CHAPTER ELEVEN
CHAPTER TWELVE
CHAPTER THIRTEEN
CHAPTER FOURTEEN
CHAPTER FIFTEEN
CHAPTER SIXTEEN
CHAPTER SEVENTEEN
CHAPTER EIGHTEEN
CHAPTER NINETEEN
CHAPTER TWENTY
CHAPTER TWENTYONE
PART IV
CHAPTER TWENTYTWO
CHAPTER THIRTYONE
CHAPTER THIRTYTWO
PART V
CHAPTER THIRTYTHREE
CHAPTER THIRTYFOUR
CHAPTER THIRTYFIVE
PART VI
CHAPTER THIRTYSIX
CHAPTER THIRTYSEVEN
CHAPTER THIRTYEIGHT
CHAPTER THIRTYNINE
PART VII
CHAPTER FORTY
CHAPTER FORTYONE
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Larry Colton lives in Portland, Oregon.

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