Yellow Bird: Oil, Murder, and a Woman's Search for Justice in Indian Country
"I don't know a more complicated, original protagonist in literature than Lissa Yellow Bird, or a more dogged reporter in American journalism than Sierra Crane Murdoch."--William Finnegan, Pulitzer ...more
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In Yellow Bird, a man employed by questionable employers exploiting natural resources on Native American property disappears and is said to have left the area voluntarily, while Lissa Yellow Bird and others believe his disappearance has not been voluntary.
The background of Lissa Yellow Bird involves ...more
Having grown up in Indian Country, I was eager to read about the murder, the oil, and the reservation.
I got half way through this book before deciding that I could NOT keep propping my eyelids open to read this.
First, Lissa is the main focus of this book....NOT the murder victim KC.
Second, I am got so tired and BORED of hearing of Lissa's horrible job as a mother and as a drug addict. IT dominated everything.
I completely understand if this was a ...more
Books on investigative journalism are always fun and gripping to read. This book is no different. The story of this book is multifaceted in that it involves one woman's relentless efforts to find out about a missing person on Indian reservation while at the same time the author takes us through the oil boom on reservations and how it impacted the lives of people living there and the way ...more
In "Yellow Bird" Sierra Crane Murdoch follows in the footsteps of books like "Highway of Tears" (McDiarmid) and "Red River Girl" (Jolly) in looking at the intersection of tribal life and crime. Her book is partly a history of U.S. relations with Native Americans, partly a look at the discovery and boom-bust cycle of oil on tribal lands, partly an investigation of how poverty and crime have had a disproportionate impact on ...more
Yellow Bird: Oil, Murder, and a Woman's Search for Justice in Indian Country by Sierra Crane Murdoch is many books in one. It is the story of one woman's life and also the story of her family and of her people. It is a book about greed and justice, transgression and redemption, loss and purpose.
Through her reporting on the investigation of the ...more
This book is not for the faint of heart: lots of names, dates, and events that kind of jump around. Interwoven into the true crime aspect is the ...more
When I first started this book, I realized that I had read an article about the Kristopher Clarke case in a NY Times article. I checked and it was 12/29/14. There was no end to the case.
I hoped this would settle the case.
It is a story of greed.
There are three or four main themes.
The mystery of who killed Kristopher Clarke runs throughout the book.
It is also a biography of Lissa from childhood to present.
The Indian reservation, its culture and how the ...more
The book is about a Native American woman named Lissa. She has a checkered past with drugs, prison, etc. But she alone, remains defiant that she is going to find out who murdered KC in the oil fields of North Dakota. If you can keep up with all the relatives and Lissa moving around to different states and cities you will find this book ...more
Going into this book, it’s important to realize that it’s much less about oil, murder and justice than it is about Lissa Yellowbird. Her family, her life, her children, her addiction, her crimes, her redemption. Along the way, oil, murder, justice come into the story. The actual true crime aspect of this book is probably five (of total 18) chapters total.
I think it’s a shame because there are multiple compelling stories in this book, but the way it’s written dilutes ...more