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Dammed Indians Revisited: The Continuing History of the Pick-Sloan Plan and the Missouri River Sioux Paperback – February 1, 2009
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Lawson's classic work, Dammed Indians: The Pick-Sloan Plan and the Missouri River Sioux, 1944-1980 (University of Oklahoma Press, 1982, 1994), provided the factual basis for Congressional legislation establishing tribal recovery trust funds totaling $385.8 million for five Sioux tribes in compensation for reservation infrastructure lost to Federal dam projects. What began as a purely academic exercise for Lawson in the 1970s, to meet the requirements of writing a thesis and dissertation, eventually found a real world application between 1996 and 2002 that has significantly benefited the Sioux people. The accrued income from the tribal recovery trust funds will eventually total billions of dollars. Lawson has recently updated his original work with six new chapters, including two that describe the process by which the tribes were able to gain recovery trust funds from Congress. Entitled Dammed Indians Revisited: The Continuing History of the Pick-Sloan Plan and the Missouri River Sioux, this revised edition was published in 2010 by the South Dakota State Historical Society Press. This book includes a new foreword by Senator George McGovern in addition to the original foreword by the late Sioux scholar Vine Deloria, Jr. received a 2011 Independent Publishers Silver Medal Award ("IPPY") in the category of "Best Regional Nonfiction." The book received a 2011 Independent Publishers Silver Medal Award ("IPPY") in the category of "Best Regional Nonfiction. In 2012 it was honored by the South Dakota Humanities Council as the 2012 One Book South Dakota selection. This is a program that encourages everyone across South Dakota to read and discuss the same book throughout the course of a year.
Top Customer Reviews
It is also a particularly sad book when one begins to realize that the tribes who are hurt by the projects have not really recovered in the 50 plus years since the projects were done. Whole villages and entire lifestyles were drowned out with the rising waters.
For general reading purposes the book covers interesting material in about as boring a manner as possible. Occassionally whole paragraphs are repeated word for word in separate chapters that cover similar material. It is well researched, but not the kind of book one usually chooses to read for pleasure.
The book was chosen as a community read project for the state of South Dakota this past year, otherwise I would never have picked it up.