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The Death of Raymond Yellow Thunder by Stew Magnuson
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Mar 02, 09

Read in March, 2009

Very well researched piece of history of Western Nebraska, primarily Gordon and the denizens to the North, the Oglala sioux Tribe. Fascinating to read events, circumstances and thoughts of the people involved in Stew's book. I personally know many of the characters---which makes it even more interesting--and I discovered there was a history inside some of the individuals I wasn't even aware of. For example: I worked alongside Bill Cross for four years and consider him a good friend. Bill spoke openly and bitterly of his brother's death by a Gordon policeman and of the death of his sister's baby after being kicked in the stomach by a police officer. However he never mentioned his association with AIM. Stew does a wonderful job of impartially telling a story that needed to be told and he did it with compassion and an emphatic frustration at the lack of progress made in correcting social wrongs toward the Native Americans of Pine Ridge.
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