Required Reading Prior to the Workshop

The following books and readings are to be read prior to the workshop to prepare participants for discussion during the workshop. Mark highlights you want to discuss, and bring these books with you for reference during the workshop.

An Unspeakable Sadness: The Dispossession of the Nebraska Indians

by David J. Wishart, 1995

Historical geographer Dr. David Wishart tells the story of the Indiansí loss of their lands and traditional lifestyles over the course of the nineteenth century in what is now Nebraska. Working from primary sources, using many maps and graphs, Wishart conveys the spatial, ecological, and human repercussions of dispossession. An Unspeakable Sadness won the J. B. Jackson Prize for the best scholarly book in North American Geography with appeal to a popular audience in 1995. This book was also nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. Dr. Wishart will join the workshop Friday morning to discuss the book with workshop participants. ISBN: 0-8032-9795-5


War Party in Blue: Pawnee Scouts in the U.S. Army

by Mark van de Logt, 2010

Between 1864 and 1877, during the height of the Plains Indian wars, Pawnee Indian scouts rendered invaluable service to the United States Army. They led missions deep into contested territory, tracked resisting bands, spearheaded attacks against enemy camps, and on more than one occasion saved American troops from disaster on the field of battle. This is the story of the Pawnee scouts from their perspective.

Available in hard cover from Amazon and Barnes and Noble, and in e-Book form from Barnes & Noble.


I Am A Man: Chief Standing Bearís Journey for Justice

by Joe Starita, 2009

In 1877, Chief Standing Bearís Ponca Indian tribe was forcibly removed from their Nebraska homeland and marched to what was then known as Indian Territory (now Oklahoma). This book describes the desire by Standing Bear to return to Nebraska to bury his only son in the traditional homeland of the Ponca. I Am a Man examines the complex relationship between the United States government and the small, peaceful tribe and the story of hope, of a people still among us today, painstakingly preserving a cultural identity that had sustained them for centuries before their encounter with Western expansion. Author Joe Starita spent four years researching this book, published in 2009. This book was chosen as the One Book One Nebraska pick for 2012. Starita will join the workshop on Wednesday.

Now available in hardcover, paperback, and in e-Book form from Barnes & Noble and Amazon


Women Elders' Life Stories of the Omaha Tribe: Macy, Nebraska, 2004-2005

by Wynne L. Summers, 2009

Eleanor Baxter, Alice Saunsoci, and Hawate (Wenona Caramony) are female elders of the Omaha Tribe in Macy, in the northeast corner of Nebraska. All three grew up on the Omaha reservation, moved away in later life, and held careers outside the reservation. Yet all returned to their community, bringing the skills they learned in the "white world" and the knowledge they gained as children from their own elders to contribute to the well-being of the Omaha people.

Eleanor Baxter was formerly the Omaha tribal chair, the first woman to serve in this capacity, and continues to be politically active; Alice Saunsoci is a language teacher at the Nebraska Indian Community College; and Hawate assists the Omaha community as an educator and language teacher. With a balanced focus on traditional culture and modern success, each of these three women guides the tribe in her own way toward a better understanding of what it means to be Omaha.

Available in hard cover and paperback from the University of Nebraska Press (800-848-6224), Amazon, and Barnes & Noble, and in e-Book form from Barnes & Noble