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Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown
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Jul 20, 08

bookshelves: peace-corps, non-fiction
Read in July, 2008

This book is a must-read for anyone who wants to begin to understand the real history of the American West, and indeed America itself. Heartbreaking but movingly spare in its narrative, Brown relates the story of countless Native American tribes, and their downfall at the hands of an ignorant and unapologetic United States military (not to mention civilian settlers and miners, too).

I read this book after "On the Rez" by Ian Frazier, and I would recommend reading both, in that order, actually. Frazier's modern account of life on the Oglala Sioux reservation is tragic enough, but to get the context of what's happening now, follow up with this book. You'll be haunted, but better educated about your own backyard.
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