The Spokane Indians: Children of the Sun

The Spokane Indians: Children of the Sun

by Robert H. Ruby, John A. Brown


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This tribal history of the Spokane Indians begins with an account of their early life in the Pacific Northwest central plateau region before the arrival of white settlers and fur traders in the eighteenth century. It then describes in harrowing detail the U.S. government's encroachment on their lands and the subsequent enforced settlement of Spokane people on reservations. The volume concludes with a presentation of twentieth-century developments, including the discovery of uranium on Spokane territory, once thought too worthless to attract white settlers, and the belated efforts of government and private citizens to right the wrongs of the past.

This edition of The Spokane Indians features a new foreword and introduction, which provide up-to-date information on the Spokane people and their most recent efforts to recover and strengthen their historical and cultural heritage.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780806117577
Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
Publication date: 01/01/1981
Series: Civilization of the American Indian Series
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 346
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.33(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

George Hill is Spokane Tribal Cultural/Heritage Coordinator and Spokane Tribal Member.

Robert H. Ruby was bothphysician and independent scholar. Along with John A. Brown, hewas coauthor of numerous books, including Indians of the Pacific Northwest: A History.

John A. Brown was Professor Emeritus of History at Wenatchee Valley College, Washington. He is coauthor of numerous books, including Indians of the Pacific Northwest: A History.

Robert L. Bennett was United States Commissioner of Indian Affairs.

Table of Contents

Foreword to the Expanded Editionvi
Foreword to the Original Editionix
Preface to the Expanded Editionxi
Preface to the Original Editionxiv
Introduction to the Expanded Editionxviii
1Ashes to Ashes3
2Skins for the Sama34
3Decade of Dedication59
4Gospel or Gunpowder?83
5Fire on the Prairie114
6Children of Two Fathers141
7No More Out167
8White Man's Image201
9Civilizing Agent223
10Between Two Streams244
11Civilization-Fruits and Frustrations268
12Whither the Children?294

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