Vine Deloria Jr. (Standing Rock Sioux, 1933-2005) was the author of more than twenty books, including Custer Died for Your Sins, Behind the Trail of Broken Treaties, and God Is Red. Suzan Shown Harjo (Cheyenne & Muscogee) is a poet, lecturer, curator, columnist for Indian Country Today, policy advocate, and president of the Morning Star Institute, a national Indian rights organization.
"The reader is always left with a clear picture of where Deloria stands-up front looking White America right in the eye. He does not push and poke the reader; rather, he leads him down a logical analytical road to a major conclusion that he is at liberty to accept or reject. If the book does offer a major theme for contemplation, it is Deloria's belief-and that of most Indians-that the land is the key to life and survival."-Arthur Derosier Jr., Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science -- Arthur Derosier Jr.