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Terrible Justice: Sioux Chiefs and U.S. Soldiers on the Upper Missouri, 1854–1868 Hardcover – September 17, 2012


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  • Hardcover: 408 pages
  • Publisher: The Arthur H. Clark Company; First Edition edition (September 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0870624148
  • ISBN-13: 978-0870624148
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,469,686 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“A welcome addition to any library on the history of the West.”—Great Plains Quarterly

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Doreen Chaky is a freelance journalist and independent scholar. She resides in Williston, North Dakota.

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Doreen Chaky's Terrible Justice: Sioux Chiefs and U.S. Soldiers on the Upper Missouri, 1854-1868 is an excellent history of the turbulent years when the Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota attempted to retain their land and way of life as the pioneers and military relentlessly advanced on their territory. This is a very detailed in-depth history of these tribes in Minnesota and Dakota Territory. It belongs on the shelf of anyone who is serious about the history of The Dakota, Lakota, and Nakota during the pre-reservation period.
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This book covers the conflicts between the US Military and the Indians in the current states of Minnesota, South and North Dakota that transpired from 1854 through 1868 leading up to the important treaty between the Sioux and US Government in 1868. It also provides brief coverage of other events related to this including the Sand Creek Massacre and Red Cloud's War.

The book is very well written and researched using primary research of the letters and comments of the individuals involved. However, these comments are weaved into the primary story in a masterful manner making this a book that kept my interest.

Although there are other books that cover some of these events, e.g. the Santee Indian uprising and the events afterwards, this book, by covering what happened in 1854-1862 provides these events in larger context. Also, it continues the story through to the event of the 1868 treaty which should have ended the conflicts with the Sioux, but didn't, because the white settlers and miners violated the treaty by going into the Black Hills and the US Government did not stop this, and in fact, enabled it to some level.

Of course, that resulted in the great Indian War of 1876-77 and Custer's Last Stand.

This book also has plenty of military action, but to me, the most powerful stories were those of the peacemakers, for example, Father De Smet, who went into Indian territory while ill, and convinced the most violent factions of the Hunkpapa Sioux to consider signing the treaty. Sitting Bull didn't sign the treaty and in fact, continued to fight the US military, because he didn't trust them, but he did trust Father De Smet.

There are other stories of this nature that make this book a treasure for any individual interested in a fact based, even coverage of the Old West. I highly recommend this book.
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