New York : MacMillan Co., 1969. Fourth printing. Hardcover. 279 pages ; 23 cm. $5.95 dust jacket. Cigarette odor within the pages. Previous owner name on the front free endpaper. Very good copy; no underlines or markings within the pages. Satisfaction guaranteed!
AT LAST the much-abused Indian speaks back! In a brilliant, biting, and witty manifesto, Vine Deloria, Jr., speaks for his people, the original Americans. Custer Died for Your Sins is a totally unique and ironic tour de force—a shocking story of human waste, twisted legend, and broken promises that have left the Indian the most maligned and least understood citizen in America today.
White America and the United States government have consistently cheated, murdered, disenfranchised, lied to, massacred, persecuted, and ravaged the American Indian—taking his land and trying to destroy his civilization. With acerbic humor, Deloria sets the past—and future—record straight, smashing stereotypes, myths, and half-truths persisting in the public consciousness even today. Gone is Uncle Tomahawk, the good old "Tonto" myth, the simple savage, the stolid cigar store Indian. In their place is a proud and angry people whose spokesman tells it as it is: a history of exploitation by all, from bumbling bureaucrats to alcoholic missionaries, from grasping power brokers to parasitic anthropologists.
What is happening in the Indian community today? How has the revolt of the black man affected the red man? Who are the leaders of tomorrow, and where are they headed?
The red man is neither white nor black; he is a fascinating and complex member of a culture that still lives, despite overwhelming odds. He does not want the American dream of homogeneous bliss; he does not want the rite of the Easter bunny to his own meaningful religions; he does not want a low-calorie non-culture to replace his own vital heritage. He does want what he was promised. Now. And what the Indian offers in return is new hope for a disintegrating white America: a humane tribal corporation to replace our dehumanizing economic corporation and a system of law leading to social fulfillment rather than the confining and regulating statutes that have split our country to the core. White America can still learn—if only it will listen.
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