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"They Treated Us Just Like Indians" by Paula Wagoner
"They Treated Us Just Like Indians" by Paula Wagoner

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"They Treated Us Just Like Indians" by Paula Wagoner

On a typical day in Bennet County, South Dakota, farmers and ranchers work their fields and tend animals, merchants order inventory and stock shelves, teachers plan and teach classes, health workers aid the infirm in the county hospital or clinic, and women make quilts and heirlooms for their families of the county fair. Life is usually unhurried, with time for chatting with neighbors and catching up on gossip. But Bennet County is far from typical.
Nearly a century ago the county was carved out of Pine Ridge Reservation and opened to white settlers. Today, Bennet County sits awkwardly between the Pine Ridge and Rosebud Sioux Reservations, with nearly one-third of its land classified as "Indian Country" and the rest considered by many Pine Ridge Lakotas to still belong to the reservation. The county is home to a dynamic population, divided by the residents into three groups - "whites," "fullbloods," and "mixedbloods." Tensions between the three groups lurk amid the quiet harmony of Bennet County's everyday rural life and emerge into moments of community crisis.

134 pages
Black & White Images
ISBN: 978-0-8032-9830-9

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