The life stories of fifteen famous Indian chiefs are told by the man who knew them best, Charles A. Eastman. Since the author is himself a full-blooded Sioux, he is able to interpret Indian character, its admirable qualities of calmness, strength, vigor, and fearlessness, better than any one else.
art for their perpetual occupancy, and that no white man should enter that region without the consent of the Sioux.
Scarcely was this treaty signed, however, when gold was discovered in the Black Hills, and the popular cry was: "Remove the Indians!" This was easier said than done. That very territory had just been solemnly guaranteed to them forever: yet how stem the irresistible rush for gold? The government, at first, entered some small protest, just enough to "save its face" as the saying is; but there was no serious attempt to prevent the wholesale violation of the treaty. It was this state of affairs that led to the last great speech made by Red Cloud, at a gathering upon the Little Rosebud River. It is brief, and touches upon the hopelessness of their future as a race. He seems at about this time to have reached the conclusion that resistance could not last much longer; in fact, the greater part of the Sioux nation was already under government control.
"We are told," said he, "that Spotted
Excellent and revealing book. I was only marginally aware of many of the Native American chiefs and heroes featured in this book. The book was very informative and surprisingly well-balanced.