This is the story of early “West River” Dakota Territory replete with Sicangu, Poncas, Brules, Oglalas, Minniconjous, and a host of other tribes, buffalo hunters, princes, paupers, settlers, ranchers, squawmen, racists, rustlers, murderers, soldiers, do gooders, preachers, priests, native american culture, big money, foreigners, dreamers, honyockers, homesteaders, hired guns, hit men, violence, fraud, cheats, love, hate, success and failure.
The tales of these subjects are not told in any manner that conforms itself to a cohesive story, but are presented as they happened as part of the greatest ecological and cultural struggle and change in the history of the west. They chronicle the development of
country as not only a time and place, but a culture of its own. West River
The stories are told the way they happened. There is little majesty, much hatred, greed, adventure and violence, all of the faults and few of the virtues. The view is kaleidoscopic, ever changing, and has a different appearance depending upon one’s point of view.
The intent of the stories is to present the various conflicting cultures and values involved in early Territorial and Great Sioux reservation times in Dakota as short, well documented history demanded by white culture modified by the oral history, tradition and culture of the Native American.Oral history gives life and often enlightenment to the historian’s written word. Were the early rustlers “scapegoats” or “scoundrels”? Did the Big Cattlemen make secret “hit lists”? Did the Government conspire to rid the Indian people of their leaders? Did it have a “hit list” too?
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John J Simpson
32551 271st Street
Hamill, SD 57534
Price $18.00 incl tax S&H