The Christmas Coat: Memories of My Sioux Childhood by Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve Virginia's old coat is to small. The cold of South Dakota wind blows across the Rosebud Indian Reservation, making her shiver as she walks to school. Virginia dreams of a new coat arriving in the Theast boxes- parcels of clothing from churches in "The East." But, she knows she may not have a chance for a coat this year. Her father is the village Episcopal priest so her family chooses last, and as Mama always says, "The others need it more than we do."Paperback32 pagesColor imagesISBN:978-1-941813-25-6
Native American ABCs by Lisa and Colton LechowiczA charming book, written by Colton and his
grandmother, as a way to enhance his reading
and introduce him to his native culture. Beautifully illustrated by Wade Patton. $14.95 hardcover.
Red Cloud: Oglala Legend by John D. McDermottIn Red Cloud: Oglala Legend, John D. McDermott examines Red Cloud's early years, his rise to prominence, and his struggle to protect his people from cultural domination.Red Cloud: Oglala Legend is part of the South Dakota Biography Series of books, that highlights some of the states famous residents. Laura Ingalls Wilder: A Writer's Life and Hugh Glass: Grizzly Survivor are also part of this series. Paperback194 pagesBlack and white imagesISBN: 978-1-941813-02-7
The Enchanted Buffalo: A Prairie Tale by L. Frank BaumDeep in the Great Plains of South Dakota, a tribe of mighty buffaloes finds themselves without a leader. A tricky bull named Barrag takes control of the group until the brave young Oknu challenges the new leader. But he does not know that Barrag has special powers. Barrag tricks Oknu with the help of magic, but a surprise is in store for the nasty Barrag.Good and evil, treachery and bravery, pride and wisdom all feature in L. Frank Baum's fairy tale set during the heyday of the buffalo on the Great Plains. Baum wrote the story in 1905 and uses his fable to show the dangers of greed, dirty tricks, and broken promises.Ages 9-12Hardcover31 pagesColored ImagesISBN: 978-0-9822749-3-4
Sioux Women: Traditionally Sacred by Virginia Driving Hawk SneveVirginia Driving Hawk Sneve combed through the winter counts and oral records of her ancestors to discover their past. The result, Sioux Women: Traditionally Sacred, illuminates the struggles and joys of her grandmothers and other women who maintained tribal life as circumstances changed and outside cultures pushed for dominance.Paperback101 pagesBlack and white imagesISBN: 978-1-941813-07-2
Bowwow Powwow by Brenda J. ChildWindy Girl has a vivid imagination. From Uncle she gathers stories of long-ago traditions - about dances and sharing gratitude. Windy can tell such stories herself - about her dog, Itchy Boy, and the way he dances to request a treat and how he wriggles with joy in response to, well, just about everything.When Uncle and Windy Girl and Itchy Boy attend a powwow, Windy watches the dancers and listens to the singers. She eats tasty food and joins family and friends around the campfire. Later, Windy falls asleep under the stars. Now Uncle's stories inspire other visions in her head: a bowwow powwow, where all the dancers are dogs. In these magical scenes, Windy sees traditional dancers, grass dancers, and jingle-dress dancers - all with the telltale ears and paws and tails. All celebrating in song and dance. All honoring the wonder of the powwow.Hardcover28 pagesColored ImagesISBN: 978-1-68134-077-7
Damned Indians Revisited: The Continuing History of the Pick-Sloan Plan and the Missouri River Sioux by Michael L. LawsonDamned Indians Revisited examines how the work of the United States Army Corps of Engineers and the Bureau of Reclamation affected the communities along the river, demonstrating the unequal relationship between tribes and the federal government. Lawson has unearthed new information, revising his original work to bring the story up-to-date. While the flooding occurred more than sixty years ago, the impact of the plan and its ramifications for continuing tribal-federal relations remain wholly relevant in the twenty-first century.Paperback292 pagesBlack & White ImagesISBN: 978-0-9798940-1-5
The Land Along the River: The Ongoing Saga of the Sioux Nation Land Claim 1851-2012 by Peter CaposselaCapossela's new book pulls the reader along on a journey through 150 years of Treaty Violations. He challenges us like a mystery writer to see whether, in the enlightened times of the late 20th century, legal and moral or Political corruption, racism and green will once again determine the outcome of a modern battle set between Tribal Nations, and Anglo interest. He takes us on a voyage, rich in its story of courage, idealism and human nature, between Traditional Lakota and those who would side with the white politicians, splitting tribal self-interest from Lakota Unity.Paperback
Native Hoops: The Rise of American Indian Basketball, 1895-1970 by Wade Davies. The first comprehensive history of American Indian basketball, Native Hoops tells the story hope, achievement and celebration--a story that reveals the redemptive power of sport and the transcendent spirit of Native culture. Paperback406 pagesISBN: 9780700629091
Gabriel Renville: From The Dakota War to the Creation of The Sisseton-Wahpeton Reservation, 1825-1892 by Gary Clayton Anderson.Born on the shores of Big Stone Lake in modern-day South Dakota, Gabriel Renville (1825-1892) was a Sisseton-Wahpeton leader who opposed conflict with the United States during the Dakota War of 1862. He worked tirelessly to create and maintain a space for his people throughout his life. Credited with the creation of the Lake Traverse Indian Reservation in 1867, Renville was a man of contrasts. Of European and Dakota descent, he adopted Christianity yet refused to abandon the Dakota Medicine Society. He held fast kinship obligations even as he courted capitalism. He won favor among white missionaries and Indian agents for promoting their ideas about hard work even as he frustrated them with his love of dancing and feasting. He clung to traditional lifeways while also committing to the economic progress that made the Sisseton-Wahpeton reservation a prime example of what the Bureau of Indian Affairs called its "Civilization Program."Hardback220 pagesBlack & White ImagesISBN: 9781941813065
Without Reservation Benjamin Reifel & American Indian Acculturation by Sean J. FlynnAs the first Lakota to serve in the United States Congress, Benjamin ("Ben") Reifel (1906-1990) made a career of straddling two distinct cultures. A bilingual member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe of South Dakota, Reifel often found his ideas challenged by American Indian activists. He advocated for his people to become self-reliant citizens, not by abandoning traditional values, but through education and integration. In the end, Reifel viewed himself as a modern Indian leader, versed in his native tongue and culture, college-educated, and looking beyond reservation boundaries.Throughout his earlier career with the Bureau of Indian Affairs and in Congress during the 1960s, Reifel worked to bring economic success to the reservations and to South Dakota as a whole, dividing his time between agriculture policy and Indian affairs. In this premier biography of Riefel, Sean J. Flynn offers an alternative to depictions of American Indians as victims of eighteenth- and ninteenth- century conquest. Contributing to a long-neglected topic in American Indian studies - the lives of twentieth-century American Indians- Flynn showcases the life of a man who prospered in American mainstream without forsaking his racial identity.Hardcover220 pagesBlack & White ImagesISBN: 978-1-941813-14-0
Spotted Tail: Warrior and Statesman by Richmond L. ClowAs a prominent leader of the Sicangu Lakotas during a time of conflict and change, Spotted Tail (1823-1881) left his mark on the Northern Great Plains. He was not a hereditary chief but developed his standing over time, first proving himself a capable warrior and later a persuasive negotiator.Hardcover390 pagesBlack and white images
Documenting the Weapons of the Little Bighorn by Wendell Grangaard presents the history of the weapons used at the Battle of the Little Bighorn or Greasy Grass. This narrative is provided by the members of the seven Native American tribes who participated in the battle. The narrative is enhanced by Wendell Grandgaard's personal experiences with the descendenaats of the participants. Readers will enjoy this description of his journey to locate and document the weapons from this historic battle, and trace the details of their history.
The Sitting Bull Surrender Census: The Lakotas at Standing Rock Agency, 1881 by Ephriam D. Dickson IIIFollowing Sitting Bull's surrender to the United States Army in 1881, the Indian Division of the United States Census Office conducted a full and detailed census of the Sioux Indians at Standing Rock Indian Agency in central Dakota Territory. The census is the most complete and accurate account of Sitting Bull's followers and, until Ephriam Dickson III compiled this important work, the information contained within its pages had been hidden in archives beyond the reach of most researchers.The Sitting Bull Surrender Census preserves the earliest detailed enumeration of every Lakota man, woman, and child at the agency at a critical juncture in Lakota history, just as the last of the non-treaty bands under Sitting Bull returned from Canada and joined their relatives at Standing Rock. Viewed within the context of Standing Rock's rich documentary sources, Sitting Bull Surrender Census offers a remarkable snapshot of Lakota families and communities.Hardcover288 pagesBlack & White ImagesISBN: 978-0-9822749-7-2