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The Plains Indian Wars of the nineteenth century garnered enduring fame for certain Indian leaders, their names echoing powerfully even today: Sitting Bull, Crazy Horse, Red Cloud. Just as significant but less often mentioned is Taoyateduta, known to whites as Little Crow, the reluctant leader of Dakota warriors during the U.S.–Dakota War of 1862, the opening salvo of the U.S.–Indian Wars.

In this carefully researched biography of the Dakota leader, the first ever written for children, author Gwenyth Swain presents a compelling portrait of the leader, warrior, and politician at the center of the Dakota War of 1862.

Beginning with Taoyateduta's childhood along the Mississippi River near present-day St. Paul, this biography explores his life in the Big Woods, his wanderings west from the Mdewakanton Dakota's traditional home, his leadership of his people when they were forced to sign over their land to white settlers, and his role during the war of 1862. Hemmed in on a narrow reservation, frustrated by broken treaties, angered by dishonest agents and traders, and nearly starved because of crop failures and late annuity payments, Dakota Indians attacked white settlers living on the Indians' former homelands in southwestern Minnesota. Taoyateduta agreed to lead the battles, knowing that the U.S. government's response would be swift and terrible. In retribution for the thirty-eight-day war, thirty-eight Dakota men were hanged, thousands were imprisoned, and the Dakota people were expelled from the state.

Taoyateduta's story brings to life the painful experience of the Dakota as they lost their land and their livelihood—and as some chose to adopt white ways while others fought back, with disastrous consequences. Little Crow: Leader of the Dakota offers a clear and accessible account of both the man who led the Dakota into war and the causes behind that wrenching conflict.

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Gwenyth Swain is the author of over twenty books for children. She lives in St Paul.

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Gr. 6-12. Mostly forgotten but, according to the author, as influential as more well-known Native American leaders such as Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull, Little Crow served as one of the last great Dakota chiefs in the Minnesota territory. Born in relative peace, Little Crow saw the disbursing of his close-knit tribe because of internal troubles, including warriors' abuse of alcohol, and external forces, such as shady treaty negotiations from white government leaders and the Civil War. Swain's straightforward chronological approach to Little Crow's life and his tribe's woes builds dramatically toward a suspenseful climax. Thoroughly researched and impressively detailed, this history book creates an emotional impact through vivid details and clearly wrought relationships among the people Little Crow loved and led, and the family members who saw and recorded their impressions about his good intent and bravery. Simple language and many photos and sketches make this book as appropriate for older middle-schoolers as for high-school readers. Glossaries, including a list of Dakota names and words, a chronology, notes, and an extensive bibliography close. Roger Leslie
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