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Biographies of six Western Indian chiefs who led their people in a historic moment of crisis, when a decision had to be made about fighting or cooperating with the white pioneers encroaching on their grounds.
Paperback, 151 pages
Published January 1st 1987 by Holiday House
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Mariah Roze
Nov 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
I read a chapter of this book a day to my students. Each chapter talks about a different Native American chief. The content of the book is very advance and I suggest reading it to high school academic level students.

"Biographies of six Western Indian chiefs who led their people in a historic moment of crisis, when a decision had to be made about fighting or cooperating with the white pioneers encroaching on their grounds."
Nov 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
I'm surprised more people haven't read and reviewed this early work by Russell Freedman. Perhaps it gets overshadowed by his Newbery-award-winning Lincoln: A Photobiography which was published the same year.

As always with a Russell Freedman book, I learned a lot! He presents biographies of six Indian chiefs, focusing on their leadership during the time of the conflict in the American West as more and more white people settled on the land and hunting grounds occupied by various Indian tribes. The
Jul 01, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Adults.
Recommended to Helen by: No-one.
Shelves: native-americans
This is a straightforward book describing the lives & fates of six notable North American Indian chiefs (Red Cloud of the Oglala Sioux, Satanta of the Kiowas, Quanah Parker of the Comanches, Washakie of the Shoshonies, Joseph of the Nez Perces, and Sitting Bull of the Hunkpapa Sioux) - famous leaders of Indian tribes of the Western US, from Canada to Mexico west of the Mississippi and east of the Pacific Coast States. These Indians occupied territory in the path of the settlers streaming into th ...more
This is well written, respectful and tragic. This is a accounting of 6 well known leaders of Native American tribes. Really, what they all found out one way or another, was that there was no solution to dealing with the more technologically advanced, murderous White men. The whites were determined to have more land and they got it. Each treaty signed was good just long enough until the Whites decided they needed more land. Some tried war, others tried obedience, others tried negotiation, etc. ea ...more
Lauren Gibson
Apr 15, 2012 rated it did not like it
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I read the book Indian Chiefs by Russell Freedman
SUMMARY: This book is a biography about 6 different indian chiefs that lived in the western states during the 1800's. This book tells the struggles they had to go through when their land was gradually getting taken from them and their struggle to stay in one place. This book also shows an insight to the 6 different tribes the chiefs are from. The Oglala Sioux, Kiowas, Comanches, Shoshonis, Nez Perces, and Hunkpapa Sioux. The chiefs decide wether
Kristi Hudecek-Ashwill
Nov 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
My 10-year old son brought this home from the school library for me to read and it is by far the most interesting and informative book I've ever read about this subject and I've read quite a few of them.

The book covers Red Cloud, Satanta, Quanah Parker, Washakie, Joseph and Sitting Bull. In all honesty, the only chiefs I'd ever heard of were Red Cloud, Sitting Bull and Chief Joseph whom I think everybody has heard of at one time or another and I knew of other two because I lived in South Dakota
Chase Parsley
Mar 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Published in 1987 and a gift from a friend, I found myself enjoying this book immensely! The title could be better stated as, "How Six Native American Chiefs Dealt with Invading Americans." Sitting Bull, Joseph, Red Cloud, Satanta, Washakie, and Quanah Parker are the six chiefs who are profiled, and this book is both respectful and honest in discussing the conquest of the West. It is written for younger readers but all ages would appreciate Freedman's use of visuals and easy to understand writin ...more
Lisa  Montgomery
Sep 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a collective biography of Amerind leaders told by an award-winning historian.
The author begins by saying "chief" is a misnomer for the tribes have a multi-layered style order of leadership. In discussing Red Cloud, Satanta, Quanah Parker, Washakie, Joseph, and Sitting Bull, Mr. Freedman discloses the interplay of families in the decisions made.
The stories provide us with a better understanding of the difficult decisions each leader made.
Tracy Selock
Sep 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Engaging read. Heartbreaking facts.
Oct 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Once again Russell Freeman masterfully shares the voices of six Native American leaders who had to make critical decisions during the time of western expansion when their hunting grounds were being settled by the white farmers and ranchers on the western frontier. Each testimony reveals the courage, strength, and pride of the cultures, but ultimately devolves into a tone of frustration, hopelessness, betrayal and ultimately, resignation, as the concept of manifest desting marginalizes the indige ...more
Oct 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book gives perspectives of 6 different Native American Chiefs during the 1800s in the west. A great book for students to see American expansion from another point of view and to also develop critical reading skills. Maybe have students read the typical social students textbook, than have students read this book. What is the textbook leaving out?
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Have to choose a topic for an essay. It ended up being Indian Chiefs! Its actually a lot better book than I expected! So if you read it great but if you don't it doesnt really matter. Only hurtin ur self!
Jul 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history
Excellent biographies of Joseph, Sitting Bull, and others. Presented with some bias towards the Native Americans, but also sympathy towards the jobs some calvary officers, like Howard, were told to perform. Photos are good quality and relevant. I want to read more by Mr. Freedman.
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May 15, 2008 rated it really liked it
great author!
Dec 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: teacher-lessons
Good information I used to supplement my Westward Expansion unit.
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Russell A. Freedman was an American biographer and the author of nearly 50 books for young people. He may be known best for winning the 1988 Newbery Medal with his work Lincoln: A Photobiography.

He grew up in San Francisco and attended the University of California, Berkeley, and then worked as a reporter and editor for the Associated Press and as a publicity writer. His nonfiction books ranged in

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