The Death of Raymond Yellow Thunder: And Other True Stories from the Nebraska–Pine Ridge Border Towns

The Death of Raymond Yellow Thunder And Other True Stories from the Nebraska Pine Ridge Border Towns The long intertwined communities of the Oglala Lakota Pine Ridge Reservation and the bordering towns in Sheridan County Nebraska mark their histories in sensational incidents and quiet human connect

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  • Title: The Death of Raymond Yellow Thunder: And Other True Stories from the Nebraska–Pine Ridge Border Towns
  • Author: Stew Magnuson Pekka Hämäläinen
  • ISBN: 9780896726345
  • Page: 371
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The long intertwined communities of the Oglala Lakota Pine Ridge Reservation and the bordering towns in Sheridan County, Nebraska, mark their histories in sensational incidents and quiet human connections, many recorded in detail here for the first time After covering racial unrest in the remote northwest corner of his home state of Nebraska in 1999, journalist Stew MagnuThe long intertwined communities of the Oglala Lakota Pine Ridge Reservation and the bordering towns in Sheridan County, Nebraska, mark their histories in sensational incidents and quiet human connections, many recorded in detail here for the first time After covering racial unrest in the remote northwest corner of his home state of Nebraska in 1999, journalist Stew Magnuson returned four years later to consider the larger questions of its peoples, their paths, and the forces that separate them Examining Raymond Yellow Thunder s death at the hands of four white men in 1972, Magnuson looks deep into the past that gave rise to the tragedy Situating long ranging repercussions within 130 years of context, he also recounts the largely forgotten struggles of American Indian Movement activist Bob Yellow Bird and tells the story of Whiteclay, Nebraska, the controversial border hamlet that continues to sell millions of cans of beer per year to the dry reservation Within this microcosm of cultural conflict, Magnuson explores the odds against community s power to transcend misunderstanding, alcoholism, prejudice, and violence Like all good stories, The Death of Raymond Yellow Thunder spins against the way it drives Even as the people of Sheridan County despise, scorn, exploit, assault, and kill one another, their lives, like objects slipping out of control, become and inseparable Indians and whites coexist and, against all odds, somehow get along, sharing space they really don t want to share This countercurrent is the source of the many unexpected stories Magnuson brings forth Pekka H m l inen, from the foreword

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    1. This book changed my life. Or at least my experience living temporarily in Gordon, Nebraska.I picked this out of the local library (signed copy, donated by the author) thinking it would be an anthology of some kind. I was not expecting a history of race relations in the area, beginning at the beginning with the pre-Columbian politics of the Great Plains. My reading experience was complicated by the fact that I was living with my grandparents (old, white Sandhills ranchers), and the fact that I'd [...]

    2. Excellent summary of the history of northwestern Nebraska, specifically Sheridan County, and the people and forces that formed the society of the area.Magnuson's book informed me of much recent history of my home town. It filled in details I hadn't known, corrected misconceptions I had held, and gave me insight into the culture of the town I grew up in.I wrestle with Magnuson's decision to tell the story in narrative nonfiction style, and Magnuson acknowledges in an author's note that he did too [...]

    3. This could be a starter book. I want to know more but, unfortunately, this is likely to be the only book that ever tries to shine an unbiased light on the complex relationships between the Oglala Lakotas of Pine Ridge and the whites in the area. I can't imagine that even an academic would care enough about the smaller incidents to delve further. I'm thankful that Magnuson did record these events. He did an superb job of trying to dig out the facts in situations where both sides automatically dis [...]

    4. Sometimes stories simply present themselves. Others need work to flush out. This one needed the work, and Stew Magnuson's exhaustive research brought this largely misrepresented and underreported history to light. Raymond Yellow Thunder serves as a catalyst for a historical review of white/Indian relations in Nebraska and the Sioux reservations. While not told in a strict, chronological fashion, the jumps in time take a moment to get used to, but once that is accomplished, the writing continuall [...]

    5. This isn't an easy read. Not because it isn't well written. It's written in an easy, intelligent style. It's hard to read because it's a truth most people neither know or would believe has happened in the bountiful, immigrant loving United States, where everyone has a Nintendo and a chance to become President. No, this book isn't about Africa, or Cambodia, it's about one of the United States of America.Magnuson does pretty well at staying objective and letting the stories, no matter how upsettin [...]

    6. Non-fiction that reads like fiction. This is high praise, not a back-handed compliment. By weaving historical events with Yellow Thunder's death in 1972, the author shows how the act was not an isolated incident. Also, I've read plenty about AIM and its members, but this book was especially helpful with my understanding of the spirit-of-the-times leading up to its glory days.

    7. This book was incredible and compulsive reading. I never knew much on the history of any Native American Indians, and was intrigued by the brief description on the back of this book. The author sweeps you up into the stories of the Nebraska border towns and gives you the background before the actual story of Raymond Yellow Thunder - a heartbreaking story that leads on to more heartbreaking stories - and takes you from the late 1800's right up to recently.His writing is so easy to read, matter of [...]

    8. Disclosure: Magnuson is an acquaintance of mine from his Cambodia days, around 10 years ago, but I've had only peripheral contact with him since.Sometimes books that are based on extraordinary research throw too much detail at you. This one puts that detail in service of several closely related storylines, spanning two centuries and more. Characters are memorable, scenes are vivid, motivations are complex and realistic.These are stories of the developing relationship between native Americans and [...]

    9. Very well researched piece of history of Western Nebraska, primarily Gordon and the denizens to the North, the Oglala sioux Tribe. Fascinating to read events, circumstances and thoughts of the people involved in Stew's book. I personally know many of the characters---which makes it even more interesting--and I discovered there was a history inside some of the individuals I wasn't even aware of. For example: I worked alongside Bill Cross for four years and consider him a good friend. Bill spoke o [...]

    10. Magnuson's book is an impressive undertaking - a history of 130 years in the life of the southern borders of Pine Ridge reservation and the border towns on the Nebraska side. His narrative twists and loops, moving back and forth between present and past, pulling in stories that perhaps, at first, seem like tangents until he connects and weaves them into a single whole. In places the book is a novel, peopled with imagined scenes from more than a century ago. In others Magnuson is eye-witness - hi [...]

    11. The Death of Raymond Yellow Thunder is a book (as the title implies) about the interaction between Native Americans and Anglos in the area around the Pine Ridge Reservation/ Nebraska border. There are moments of cooperation and friendship, but the stories are overwhelmingly full of distrust, violence and sometimes outright hatred. What I enjoyed most about this book was the even handed manner in which Magnuson told the stories. No one was ever sainted, no one was ever demonized- he went to great [...]

    12. Did a book review for this text and it is so well written you won't know if you are reading a novel or history. The terrible situation of Reservation Border towns is explored and the microcosm of these places represents the larger issue of how Native People are still so oppressed and "looked over" in our country. Excellent read.

    13. I am incensed by the behavior I read about in this book, mostly of the white residents around Pine Ridge. This book is so very readable and reports the events around south Pine Ridge, trying so hard to be unbiased but it must have been very hard not to slam the actions of some of the white residents of the area. I highly recommend this book.

    14. This book by my buddy Stew just happens to be one of my favorite books of the past several years. His knowledge of the people and the culture of the reservation border towns is extraordinary and he has written an amazing book. I highly recommend it to anyone who has even a passing interest in the topic. You will not be disappointed.

    15. History, politics, racism, greed. Plus death and injustice. This book has it all. Stew Magnuson shines a light on Nebraska's snub-nose panhandle and exposes a shocking continuity of callous behavior. And he does so in concise and precise prose. Very well written and highly recommended.

    16. I'm going to give this 4 based on the content alone. Jumping forward and back in time made this hard to follow in places but a very interesting tale on the lives of Indians on and near the Pine Ridge reservation.

    17. I loved how the author mixed history (150 years ago -+) into these stories. The writing is great. The book seems to give fair play to both sides of the border.

    18. anamazing recounting of historical incidents on the Pine Ridge Reservation. The author is from Stapleton, Nebraska.

    19. Very well presented book. The only issue I had was the choice of font size, it was small. Granted it is a lot of information, but the type could have been bigger.

    20. Excellent history of the the ongoing impact of the settlement of sandhills of Nebraska on the Lakota, using much 1st person narrative from the people involved both native and immigrant.

    21. AIM had a big party at the Holiday Inn in Minneapolis with the 66K from the BIA takeover. They were after the Gildersleeves credit books and the destruction of the store at Wounded Knee caused problems for residents.They had telephone trees and a coterie of liberals to help them out who Magnuson accurately refers to as their friends.

    22. Great book describing the agonies and misunderstanding of cultural clashes on the borders of the rez. History and journalism, responsible, empathetic.

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