Finding Dakota by Juanita Holbrook Ingram
"No guarantee of Justice." Young Army Sergeant Wade Parker is thrust into circumstances that will make him wrong no matter what decision he makes. He goes with his conscience, an act that bodes well for his later career as a U.S. Marshal in Oklahoma's Indian Territory. The Indian girl, Little Dove, learns that while she is physically the weaker sex, she is not helpless and can get herself out of almost any difficult situation if she uses her head. The mixed-blood boy, Dakota, finds out at an early age that he is considered "different." When he runs from discrimination, his life is put in real danger. Their lives all cross and mingle during a demanding time of our Nation's history-from Arizona to Florida, and later to the rough-n-tumble Indian Territory of Oklahoma. Together, they face overwhelming challenges as the principled marshal and confident Indian girl search for Dakota and justice.