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Red Cloud: Warrior-Statesman of the Lakota Sioux Robert W. Larson

Red Cloud: Warrior-Statesman of the Lakota Sioux

Robert W. Larson

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ISBN : 9780806129303
Hardcover
336 pages
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Red Cloud was not born to leadership. He earned it. In his early years he gained a reputation for fierceness as a warrior and as a tactician against both whites and other Indian tribes. And in his middle years, his leadership against the U.S. Army inMoreRed Cloud was not born to leadership. He earned it. In his early years he gained a reputation for fierceness as a warrior and as a tactician against both whites and other Indian tribes. And in his middle years, his leadership against the U.S. Army in the Powder River country, his forcing the closure of the Bozeman Trail, and his strong pressure to negotiate the favorable outcome of the Treaty of Fort Laramie in 1868 made him the preeminent chief among the Sioux. In his later years, Red Cloud was an intermediary for his people in their dealings with the U.S. government. Although his motives at times were questioned, he steadfastly resisted encroachments on Sioux land during the reservation period, and he consistently protested the pressure by market-oriented whites to impose an agrarian economy on a people who had never farmed. Red Clouds passionate belief in the values of his culture prevented him from acting as a culture broker- nevertheless, he remained an important figure of the Gilded Age.