Dee Brown's "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee"

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Dee Brown's book, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee. This non-fiction story takes place in the West of America in the late 1800's, from the point of view of an American Indian. This story explains in a straight forward way that the white men of our own country were murderers. It's about over the course of thirty years what happens to the culture of native American Indians and what causes it to fade. Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee is from the ignored point of view, because it's from the honest point of view.

The white men immediately became superior to the American Indians because of their cruelty. They ignored the native's beliefs and general rights to their own land and values. Some parts of the book horrified me like when the Cheyenne's were at Sandy Creek. Instead of violently defending themselves, Left Hand stood and said he would not fight the white man and he was shot.

So many helpless children were victims and everyone killed was scalped. This is just one of the many violent events that encountered the unfortunate and defenseless Cheyenne tribe. General Pope and Governor Ramsey were simply angered because President Lincoln refused to immediately hang 303 Santee's. This book constantly reminds me of what cruel and ruthless men the white soldiers were.

The American Indian culture faded away by high numbers of death, having to constantly move around, and infiltrating with other tribes. In the late 1870's, a mixed group of Northern Cheyennes and Oglala Sioux, looking for a peaceful place and settling near Powder River, were attacked by Colonel Joseph J. Reynolds advance column. Wooden Leg recalls the soldiers trying to get as many women and children out of the way to defend them from the soldiers who were firing wildly. Quite...