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Custer Died for Your Sins by Vine Deloria Jr.
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Jun 18, 2010

really liked it
Read in August, 2010

Written some time shortly after the Poor People's March, this book covers a lot of now old political landscape.

Deloria always has an original perspective, which allows him to make some accurate predictions (American indians would rarely make common cause with African American Civil rights activists) while risking some predictions that in hindsight appear very silly (corporations will take on the feeling of unity that tribes provided in earlier societies). As to Deloria's belief that Native culture will outlive European culture on this continent, we will still have to see.

If you want to understand American indian politics, this book is a must, if nothing else, because of the chapter on Indian humor. In 1870, 80% of the population of the US was rural. In 1970, 70% of the US population was urban. Why? The Indians are pushing the white people back out of the country.

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