O'Brien, Dan The Indian Agent: A Novel

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Dan O’Brien’s earlier award-winning novel The Contract Surgeon introduced readers to Valentine McGillycuddy, a friend of the great war chief Crazy Horse. Through McGillycuddy’s eyes, the novel recounts the friendship that so deeply impacted history. It also chronicles the great Sioux Wars, one of the most violent periods in this nation’s history.
 The Indian Agent is the riveting sequel to The Contract Surgeon. After Crazy Horse’s death, McGillycuddy went on to become the youngest agent in history for the Red Cloud Agency, renamed the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, of the Oglala Lakota band of the Sioux. Although Red Cloud and McGillycuddy have diametrically opposing views, they have more in common than either suspects. They both love the land, and they both love the past. The politics and the enormous tensions of the early days on the reservation come to life here in fascinating detail, as McGillycuddy (known as “the most investigated man” in the government) urges the Sioux to adopt a life of farming. Because he had lived on the vast plains with them, no white man knew better what the Sioux had given up—or understood more fully the impossibility of returning to the old life.
 Full of the dynamic history of the plains, The Indian Agent is the true story of the conversion of this land from one of free nomadic people to one of settled commerce—achieved, however, at an unfathomable cost.  

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Dan O’Brien’s earlier award-winning novel, The Contract Surgeon,introduced readers to Valentine McGillycuddy, the U.S. Army contract surgeon who became a friend of the great war chief Crazy Horse. Through McGillycuddy’s eyes, the novel recounted the friendship that so deeply impacted history. It also chronicled the great Sioux Wars, one of the most violent periods in this nation’s history.
The Indian Agent is the riveting sequel to The Contract Surgeon. After Crazy Horse’s death, McGillycuddy went on to become the youngest agent in history for the Red Cloud Agency, renamed the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, of the Oglala Lakota band of the Sioux. Red Cloud and McGillycuddy have diametrically opposing views, though they have more in common than either knows. They both love the land and they both love the past. The politics and the enormous tensions of the early days on the reservation are depicted in fascinating detail, as McGillycuddy (known as “the most investigated man” in the government) urges the Sioux to adopt a life of farming. He had lived on the vast plains with them. No white man knew better what the Sioux had given up—nor understood more fully the impossibility of returning to the old life.
Full of the dynamic history of the Plains, The Indian Agent is the true story of the conversion of this land from one of free nomadic people to one of settled commerce—achieved only at an unfathomable cost. The Indian Agent is a masterpiece that leads us through one of the most painful periods of the West to the novel’s devastating climax at Wounded Knee.

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Dan O’Brien is the author of numerous novels and memoirs, including Buffalo for the Broken Heart: Restoring Life to a Black Hills Ranch, winner of the Western Heritage Award and selected as the 2009 One Book South Dakota winner. His novels Stolen Horses, Equinox, and The Contract Surgeon are available from the University of Nebraska Press.

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