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Children's LiteratureThe Sioux, who prefer to be called the Dakota, Lakota, or Nakota, were early inhabitants of what is now northern Minnesota and Wisconsin. Battles with the Ojibwe pushed them into North and South Dakota; later wars with American soldiers forced them to live on reservations, where about half of the Sioux live today. This attractive book does a good job of covering the high points of Sioux culture and the low points of their post-European contact life in a matter-of-fact way, using plain, short sentences. The role of women in traditional Sioux culture is covered well—their tasks and accomplishments are described alongside those of the men—a nice change from books that either ignore women's roles or relegate them to their own chapter. The book includes sections about the Battle of Little Bighorn, Sun Dance ceremonies, trading with the French in the 17th century, the treaty-breaking removal of the Sioux from their holy Black Hills by the U.S. government, the Ghost Dance, and Wounded Knee. Well-chosen quotations from Black Elk and Crazy Horse illustrate the Sioux side of the story. The book has many illustrations, including a map showing "Sioux lands at time of European contact" and "Present-day Sioux Reservations." Four pages cover modern-day Sioux, from powwows and beadwork to casinos and basketball. Back matter includes a glossary, a timeline of important dates, a list of important people, and an index (but not a pronunciation guide, unfortunately). This interesting book could easily be read for pleasure; it would be a shame if it were left on a shelf until a report was due. This book is part of the "We the People" series. 2006, Compass Point Books, Ages 7 to 12.