By: David Treuer
If you read Dee Brown’s “Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee” (which covered the plight of Native Americans during the period 1860-1890, ending in the last major battle between Native Americans and US government troops at Wounded Knee Creek in 1890), you should find this book a worthy sequel. David Treuer’s book covers the post-Wounded Knee period (1890-Present). In doing so, it details the US government’s ongoing efforts to deal with Native Americans. The book details many well-meaning, but questionable, efforts to “Americanize” Native Americans. Just as often, however, it touches on the ongoing poverty and alcoholism that plague Native Americans, often on reservations that were supposed to be a remedy for these ills. On a more positive note, the book also details numerous “modern” success stories, including those of economic independence achieved by many Indian tribes through their involvement with the casino/gaming industry.