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Black Hills/White Justice: The Sioux Nation Versus the United States: 1775 to the Present

3.95  ·  Rating Details ·  58 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Destined to become a classic in the field, this is the deeply passionate, detailed account of the embattled and embittered relationship between the United Sates and the Sioux nation. Recounting the frustrations of three generations of Sioux and their lawyers as they tried to gain compensation for the loss of the Black Hills, the narrative is written from the author's extra ...more
Hardcover, 486 pages
Published September 1st 1991 by HarperCollins Publishers
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igmuska
Jan 22, 2008 igmuska rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Although the book reads as a sales pitch on how the USA bought the Black Hills from the Lakota, it stills gives a quick read on the entire issue written from the "white" legal perspective. With elements written as an outright attack on Lakota sovereignty and reconciling these attacks as inevitable products of civilization and assimilation, the key point that is most important to our Lakota nation isn't written but must be inferred by direct understanding of the Black Hills issue.
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Reading this book made me want to re-read Richard White's "The Middle Ground," the review of that one here:

http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...

The two books in combination paint a picture of Indian-White relations as more complicated than the usual models of today allow, but essentially the same in general: Indians lived in North America, mostly peacefully (their warfare amounting to cub-scout stuff compared to the kind whites brought with them), then white people came and everything went to
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Claire S
In this case, is 'content - Native American', definitely not pov!

Interesting to read the reviews here and on Amazon about the bias of the writer - on Amazon they mention he's the son of one of the govt's lawyers in the case.

Also, this from an Amazon review (referring in part to a second book by this same author):

The later book is more of a Shakespearean tragedy, with the worst characters having redeeming (or redeemable) qualities. In a phrase, Lazarus has lost, by the time of this later book's w
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Pamela_b_lawrencemsn.com
Aug 16, 2015 Pamela_b_lawrencemsn.com rated it really liked it
Excellent book about first, the U.S conquest of the Sioux Indians, including substantial perfidy in treaty-making, and then the story of the ultimately successful lawsuit by the Sioux nation seeking compensation for lands promised them in treaties. A labor of love by the author, the son of one of the lawyers who was ultimately won the case against all odds. Well-written (although some of the descriptions of the legal wrangling may be a little heavy going, but they are quite minimal and can be sk ...more
Dave Donahoe
An outstanding legal history that shows, in some ways, the result of colonization is far worse than the wars and taking of lands. This book could have floundered under dense legal jargon, but, instead, is eminently accessible and should be read by anyone interested in American or Native American history. An exceptional read.
Alisa
Oct 03, 2012 Alisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this about 20 years ago. It remains seared in my memory. I knew very little about the Black Hills before I read it. That it was written by the son of the lawyer who was involved in the case for so many years made it a poignantly personal translation of a well-researched and thoroughly documented case history.
Lark
Feb 18, 2013 Lark rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: law-stuff
Excellent historical analysis.
Rather biased legal analysis.
Kim
Apr 11, 2013 Kim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Despite the engaging history and compelling legal issues examined richly in this book, I found myself falling asleep while reading it.
Doug Dalglish
An important topic when trying to understand U.S. history
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Excellent book. Tragic, but lifting story. Will read again.
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