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Little Crow: Spokesman for the Sioux

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Little Crow: Spokesman for the Sioux
“I, Ta-p-ya-te-du-ta, am not a coward. I will die with you.” With this statement, Little Crow reluctantly put himself at the head of the Indian forces and plunged his nation into war against the United States. At a time when Union and Confederate armies marched against each other in the South and East, the Minnesota home front erupted into its own desperate warfare. With their way of life endangered, the Dakota (or Sioux) turned to Little Crow to lead them in a battle for self-preservation, a war that Little Crow had tried to avoid. Within a year, the Dakota had been chased from Minnesota, Little Crow was dead, and a way of life had vanished. Through his life, we see the complex interrelations of Indians and whites, the horrors of the U.S. –  Dakota War of 1862, and the events that forever changed the history of the West.

“Little Crow” makes a major contribution to our understanding of an Indian tribe that profoundly influenced the course of history in the upper Mississippi Valley, partly at least through the personal role played by its most famous leader.”
— New Mexico Historical Review

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Little Crow: Spokesman for the Sioux by Gary Clayton Anderson.

Government officials and missionaries wanted all Sioux men to become self-sufficient farmers, wear pants, and cut their hair. The Indians, confronted by a land-hungry white population and a loss of hunting grounds, sought to exchange title to their homeland for annuities of cash and food, schools and teachers, and farms and agricultural knowledge. By 1862 the Sioux realized that their extensive kinship network and religion were in jeopardy and that the government would not fulfill its promises.

With their way of life endangered, the Sioux turned to Little Crow to lead them in a war for self-preservation, a war that Little Crow had tried to avoid during most of his adult life. Within a year, the Sioux had been evicted from Minnesota, Little Crow was dead, and a way of life had vanished. Through his life, his biography the complex interrelationship of Indian and white can be studied and, in some measure, understood.

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Weight 0.9875 lbs
Dimensions 9 × 6 × .75 in

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