Plains Indians

Lakota, Cheyenne, Blackfoot, Crow, Comanche, Kiowa & others

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  1. Native Peoples of the Plains
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    Linda Lowery
    Lerner Classroom / 2016 / Trade Paperback
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A long time ago, before the Plains region of the United States was divided up into states such as Nebraska, Colorado, and Wyoming, this land was home to American Indians. Twenty-eight unique Indian nations built homes and gathered food in the Plains. They spoke distinct languages, set up political systems, and made art. They used the natural resources available in their region in order to thrive.

  • The Wichita lived in houses made of grass. From the outside, they looked like giant haystacks.
  • Omaha and Ponca people wore caps made from eagle skin.
  • Lakota men carved flutes to play songs for the girls they hoped to marry.

Many American Indians still live in the Plains region. Explore the history of these various nations and find out how their culture is still alive today.

    1. The Ledgerbook of Thomas Blue Eagle
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      Gay Matthaei, Jewel Grutman
      Charlesbridge / 2003 / Hardcover
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    Inspired by the richly detailed picture stories of the Plains Indians--sometimes drawn on ruled ledgers--this book is a visual feast that introduces children to pictographic art. This fictional account, based on historical fact, tells of a young Sioux warrior's childhood adventures on the plains and his journey East to the white man's school.

    1. The Lakota Way: Stories and Lessons for Living
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      Joseph M. Marshall III
      Penguin Random House / 2002 / Trade Paperback
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    With wisdom learned over the years, Joseph M. Marshall has collected a series of sayings, myths, and stories from the Lakota traditions, history, and his own past. Arranged by character traits the Lakota admire, including humility, perseverance, honor, truth, bravery, generosity, and wisdom, each chapter is filled with the wisdom passed down from lessons learned and retained through hardship. 240 pages, indexed, softcover.

    1. The Day The World Ended At Little Bighorn: A Lakota History
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      Joseph M. Marshall III
      Penguin Random House / Trade Paperback
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    The saga of "Custer's Last Stand" has become ingrained in the lore of the American West, and the key players: Crazy Horse, Sitting Bull, and George Armstrong Custer, have grown to larger-than-life proportions. Now, award-winning historian Joseph M. Marshall presents the revisionist view of the Battle of the Little Bighorn that has been available only in the Lakota oral tradition. Drawing on this rich source of storytelling, Marshall uncovers what really took place at the Little Big Horn and provides fresh insight into the significance of that bloody day.

    1. The Journey of Crazy Horse
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      Joseph M. Marshall III
      Penguin Random House / 2005 / Trade Paperback
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    Drawing upon extensive research and oral traditions from family and friends, Joseph M. Marshall's biography departs from the stereotypes and dry textbook portrayals of Crazy Horse. Having grown up hearing stories from those whose own parents knew him, Joseph Marshall listened to the memories and walked the places where Crazy Horse walked, in the process providing us with a biography that presents him as the Lakota knew him. 310 indexed pages, softcover.

    1. Crazy Horse's Vision
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      National Geographic School Publishing / 2010 / Trade Paperback
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    This is the story of how a young boy named Curly seeks a vision in the hope of saving his people - and grows into the brave and fierce warrior Crazy Horse. Sioux artist S. D. Nelson's paintings, in the traditional artwork of the Plains Indians, portray the drama and the tragedy of this important American figure. 40 pages, softcover. Grades 1-3.

    1. Buffalo Calf Road Woman: The Story of a Warrior of the Little Bighorn
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      Rosemary Agonito, Joseph Agonito
      Globe Pequot / 2006 / Trade Paperback
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    The white men called it the "Battle of the Rosebud". The Cheyenne called it "Where the Girl Saved Her Brother". Buffalo Calf Road Woman rode through the dust and weapons of warfare to save her brother as he fell from his horse, earning her the respect of her tribe. Later, she would be the only woman to fight in the Battle of Little Big Horn, and she spent the majority of her life resisting the internment of Native Americans in reservations.

    Culled together from oral histories, scarce historial mentions and drawings, the authors have fleshed out her story with knowledge of how other Cheyenne lived. Combining factual research from the best museums, archaeologial data and documents with what's known of Buffalo Calf's life, creates a unique, fictionalized but accurate portrait of a forgotten life. 242 pages, softcover. Glossary, Discussion questions, and timeline included in the back.

    1. The Last Stand: Custer, Sitting Bull, and the Battle of the Little Bighorn
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      Nathaniel Philbrick
      Penguin Random House / 2011 / Trade Paperback
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    1. Sitting Bull: Dakota Boy
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      Augusta Stevenson
      Aladdin / 1996 / Trade Paperback
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    1. Who Was Sitting Bull?
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      Stephanie Spinner, Jim Eldridge
      Grosset & Dunlap / 2014 / Trade Paperback
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    Read and learn who Sitting Bull was with this book, the next up in the Who Was? series. Featuring a timeline of Sitting Bull's life, as well as a timeline of world events, a bibliography and fun facts, this biography for children ages 8 to 12 years, dives into the life of Lakota Sioux leader who fought to protect all of his people! You will learn about his early life, as a child born Jumping Badger, his childhood through his adulthood as a holy man and tribal chief. Recommended for ages 8 to 12 years.

    1. Blackfeet Indian Stories
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      George Bind Grinnell
      Applewood Books / 1993 / Trade Paperback
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    A reprinted classic work of American history, Blackfeet Indian Stories was originally in print from 1849-1938. An anthropologist and conservationist, Grinnell made the study of the northern American plains and Plains tribes his lifelong passion. This is a compilation of the Blackfeet stories he heard and collected and bound into one volume. 214 pages, softcover.

      1. Chickadee
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        Louise Erdrich
        HarperCollins / 2012 / Hardcover
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      Chickadee and his twin brother Makoons are always stick up for each other, are always ready for mischief, and are always together-until one day Chickadee is captured and separated from his family. Thus begins two sets of journeys-Chickadee's family who set out to find him, and Chickadee's own journey, helped along by his namesake, to try and return home.

      This brilliantly written book captures Ojibwe life in the mid-1800s. Book four of the "Birchbark House" series. Grades 4-8.

      1. Who Was Sacagawea?
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        Dennis Brindell Fradin, Judith Bloom Fradin
        Grosset & Dunlap / 2002 / Trade Paperback
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      Sacagawea was a sixteen-year-old who made one of the most remarkable journeys in American history. She is a woman who has mountains in three states named after her. Her face is on the new U.S. golden dollar coin. Find out more about the real Sacagawea in this fun and exciting illustrated biography.

      1. Sacagawea: American Pathfinder
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        Flora Warren Seymour
        Simon & Schuster / 1991 / Trade Paperback
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      Learn how Sacagawea found adventure guiding Lewis and Clark to the Oregon coast. 192 pages, softcover. Grades 2-5.

      1. I am Sacagawea
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        Brad Meltzer
        Dial Press / 2017 / Hardcover
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      Sacagawea was the only girl, and the only Native American, to join Lewis and Clark's Corps of Discovery, which explored the United States from the Mississippi River all the way to the Pacific Ocean in the early 1800s. As a translator, she helped the team communicate with members of the Shoshone tribe across the continent, carrying her child on her back the whole way. By the time the expedition arrived at the west coast, Sacagawea had proved that she truly was a trailblazer.

      This friendly, fun biography series focuses on the traits that made our heroes great-the traits that kids can aspire to in order to live heroically themselves. Each book tells the story of one of America's icons in a lively, conversational way that works well for the youngest nonfiction readers and that always includes the hero's childhood influences. At the back are an excellent timeline and photos. 40 pages, hardcover. Grades K-2.

      1. Sacagawea's Strength
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        Stacia Deutsch, Rhody Cohon
        Aladdin / 2014 / Trade Paperback
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      The Blast to the Past friends meet Sacagawea-and they've got to work fast if they're going to succeed in keeping history on course.

      Abigail and her friends are in the middle of a Monday afternoon group project when Mr. Caruthers tells them it's time to jump back to the past. They're going to meet Sacagawea, and this time things are more complicated than ever!

      How can the kids convince Sacagawea not to give up on her dream when they don't even know what her dream is? Sure, they know that she helped explorers Lewis and Clark map a route leading out West .but that's about it. Abigail, Bo, Zack, and Jacob better find out fast-because the clock is ticking! 128 pages, softcover. Grades 2-4.

      1. Sacagawea: Journey into the West
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        Capstone Press / Trade Paperback
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      A biography of Sacagawea, the Native American woman who served as an interpreter on the Lewis and Clark Expedition. 32 pages, softcover. Grades 3-9.

      1. A Picture Book of Sacagawea
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        David A. Adler
        Holiday House / 2001 / Trade Paperback
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      Born in the Rocky Mountains, Sacagawea was taken captive and held hundreds of miles away from home for years. When Meriwether Lewis and William Clark came through her new village, Sacagawea was offered as a guide since the explorers were heading toward Shoshone territory, where she was from. Pregnant with her first child and the only woman on the expedition, she accompanied them through the frigid winter of 1804-05 and gave birth to her son as the group traveled west. Her knowledge of the land, interpretation skills, and diplomatic manner were of great use to the team and helped ensure a successful voyage.

      This child friendly narrative of Sacagawea's intrepid life contains memorable facts, history, and context, accompanied by elegant illustrations. Back matter includes a timeline, author's note, and bibliography. 32 pages, softcover. Grades: PreK-2.

      1. The Crossing: Lewis & Clark's Historic Journey Seen Through a Brand-New Pair of Eyes
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        Donna Jo Napoli
        Simon & Schuster / 2011 / Hardcover
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      Beautifully illustrated, this story chronicles the journey of Sacagawea leading travelors Lewis and Clark on an expedition to locate a passage to the Pacific Ocean. The story, seen through the eyes of Sacagaewa's baby John Baptiste, comes to life with the warm colors and magnificent animals that belong to the majesty of the young United States.

      1. Massacre at Sand Creek: How Methodists Were Involved in an American Tragedy
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        Gary L. Roberts
        Abingdon Press / 2016 / Trade Paperback
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      Sand Creek.

      At dawn on the morning of November 29, 1864, Colonel John Milton Chivington gave the command that led to slaughter of 230 peaceful Cheyennes and Arapahos - primarily women, children, and elderly - camped under the protection of the U. S. government along Sand Creek in Colorado Territory and flying both an American flag and a white flag.

      The Sand Creek massacre seized national attention in the winter of 1864-1865 and generated a controversy that still excites heated debate more than 150 years later. At Sand Creek demoniac forces seemed unloosed so completely that humanity itself was the casualty. That was the charge that drew public attention to the Colorado frontier in 1865. That was the claim that spawned heated debate in Congress, two congressional hearings, and a military commission. Westerners vociferously and passionately denied the accusations. Reformers seized the charges as evidence of the failure of American Indian policy. Sand Creek launched a war that was not truly over for fifteen years. In the first year alone, it cost the United States government $50,000,000.

      Methodists have a special stake in this story. The governor whose polices led the Cheyennes and Arapahos to Sand Creek was a prominent Methodist layman. Colonel Chivington was a Methodist minister. Perhaps those were merely coincidences, but the question also remains of how the Methodist Episcopal Church itself responded to the massacre. Was it also somehow culpable in what happened?

      It is time for this story to be told. Coming to grips with what happened at Sand Creek involves hard questions and unsatisfactory answers not only about what happened but also about what led to it and why. It stirs ancient questions about the best and worst in every person, questions older than history, questions as relevant as today's headlines, questions we all must answer from within.

      1. Lincoln's Bishop: A President, A Priest, and the Fate of 300 Dakota Sioux Warriors - eBookThis product is an eBook
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        Gustav Niebuhr
        HarperOne / 2014 / ePub
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      The injustices Native Americans have borne throughout the history of the modern United States are rarely taught, and scarcely mentioned. Lincoln's Bishop shines a light on one event that stands at the intersection of 19th century Native rights, war, and Christianity.

      This is the account of Henry Benjamin Whipple, the Dakota War of 1862, and the largest mass execution on American soil. Whipple was a man beyond his time, who as a missionary, acknowledged that Native peoples should not be dispossessed of their land, and who advocated a reform of the corrupt and brutal Office of Indian Affairs. He had a goal: that Indians should be protected from corrupt government agents and traders, particularly those who cheated with liquor and brutally abused Native women. These abuses eventually led to the Dakota War of 1862, during which approximately 800 settlers died. In its wake, settlers demanded mass executions of Dakota.and Whipple went to President Abraham Lincoln.

      Lincoln personally reviewed each case and commuted close to 300 death sentences that had been meted out in hasty, farcical trials. While those he left to die-38 w arriors-would still make up the largest mass American execution, Whipple's efforts saved many. While the hangings are still controversial today, and its aftermath-the rounding up and incarceration of close to 2,000 Dakota at Fort Snelling in inhumane conditions, and the mutilation of the bodies by the community-decidedly make up another chapter of abuses, this fascinating account shines light onto the efforts of one man determined to move in the direction of righteousness.

      210 pages, indexed, hardcover with dust jacket.

      1. The Day the World Ended at Little Bighorn: A Lakota History - eBookThis product is an eBook
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        Joseph M. Marshall III
        Penguin Books / 2007 / ePub
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      The saga of "Custer's Last Stand" has become ingrained in the lore of the American West, and the key players: Crazy Horse, Sitting Bull, and George Armstrong Custer, have grown to larger-than-life proportions. Now, award-winning historian Joseph M. Marshall presents the revisionist view of the Battle of the Little Bighorn that has been available only in the Lakota oral tradition. Drawing on this rich source of storytelling, Marshall uncovers what really took place at the Little Big Horn and provides fresh insight into the significance of that bloody day.

      1. The Journey of Crazy Horse: A Lakota History - eBookThis product is an eBook
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        Joseph M. Marshall III
        Penguin Books / 2005 / ePub
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      Drawing upon extensive research and oral traditions from family and friends, Joseph M. Marshall's biography departs from the stereotypes and dry textbook portrayals of Crazy Horse. Having grown up hearing stories from those whose own parents knew him, Joseph Marshall listened to the memories and walked the places where Crazy Horse walked, in the process providing us with a biography that presents him as the Lakota knew him. 310 indexed pages, softcover.

      1. The Lakota Way: Stories and Lessons for Living - eBookThis product is an eBook
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        Joseph M. Marshall III
        Penguin Books / 2002 / ePub
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      With wisdom learned over the years, Joseph M. Marshall has collected a series of sayings, myths, and stories from the Lakota traditions, history, and his own past. Arranged by character traits the Lakota admire, including humility, perseverance, honor, truth, bravery, generosity, and wisdom, each chapter is filled with the wisdom passed down from lessons learned and retained through hardship. 240 pages, indexed, softcover.

      1. Who Was Sitting Bull? - eBookThis product is an eBook
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        Stephanie Spinner, Jim Eldridge
        Penguin Workshop / 2014 / ePub
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      Read and learn who Sitting Bull was with this book, the next up in the Who Was? series. Featuring a timeline of Sitting Bull's life, as well as a timeline of world events, a bibliography and fun facts, this biography for children ages 8 to 12 years, dives into the life of Lakota Sioux leader who fought to protect all of his people! You will learn about his early life, as a child born Jumping Badger, his childhood through his adulthood as a holy man and tribal chief. Recommended for ages 8 to 12 years.

      1. ?Quien fue Sacagawea? - eBookThis product is an eBook
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        Judith Bloom Fradin, Dennis Brindell Frandin
        Penguin Workshop / 2012 / ePub
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      1. Sacagawea - eBookThis product is an eBook
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        Flora Warren Seymour
        Aladdin / 2014 / ePub
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      Learn about the childhood of Sacagawea, one of the first female all-stars in American history-and honored in US currency on the dollar coin.

      Sacagawea was a Lemhi Shoshone woman who accompanied the Lewis and Clark Expedition, acting as an interpreter and guide, in their exploration of the Western United States. She traveled thousands of miles from North Dakota to the Pacific Ocean between 1804 and 1806 and greatly contributed to the process of peace negotiations and navigation.

      In this narrative biography you'll learn about Sacagawea's childhood and how her early experiences equipped her to play an influential role in American history. eBook. Grades 3-6.