New History of Indigenous Power

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* Book: Pekka Hamalainen. Lakota America: A New History of Indigenous Power.



Martin T. Brown:

"Hamalainen presents the Lakota as a Sioux empire that stopped, for a short period, the Western expansion of the Federal government.

The Sioux empire of 2 to 3 thousand warriors defeated the US forces at Little Big Horn. In retaliation, the US massed their larger forces and defeated the Sioux, and then, when the Sioux tried to reclaim their dignity through the ceremony of the Ghost Dance, our military committed the Wounded Knee massacre in 1890. Hamalainen’’s book gives us much more than just a description of these wars. He provides us a story of a people who fought to save their territory and families—to limit American expansion. Their failure and our victory prevented us from experiencing the limits of American imperialism." (