OverviewPoverty, physical abuse, suicide, and addiction have all reached epidemic proportions on South Dakota's Indian reservations. Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota children and young adults are disproportionately affected by these trends. Historical trauma, chronically underfunded federal programs, and broken promises on the part of the US government have resulted in gaping health, educational, and economic disparities compared to the general population. Award-winning Lakota writer Joseph M. Marshall III, who himself was raised on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota, wants to give voice to the hundreds of thousands of Native children currently suffering. Crazy Horse Weeps offers a thorough historical overview of how South Dakota reservations have wound up in these tragic circumstances. Through personal narratives and firsthand accounts from children and their families, he shows how discrimination, a disorganized tribal government, and a devastating dissolution of Lakota culture by the US government have transformed the landscape of Native American life. These extraordinary challenges, Marshall argues, can be overcome. Using his extensive experience in traditional Lakota wisdom, he proposes a return to traditional tribal values and outlines a plan for a hopeful future.
Reviews"[The Journey of Crazy Horse] a vivid, haunting biography that acknowledges the author's boyhood hero worship but avoids hagiography." —Publishers Weekly
"Using his skills as a historian along with the oral histories Marshall collected from the children and grandchildren of contemporaries of Crazy Horse, he freshly characterizes the charismatic leader [in The Journey of Crazy Horse]." —Booklist
"Marshalls gloriously poetic and sweeping chronicle ushers in a new genre of American history [in The Journey of Crazy Horse]." —Peter Nabokov, author of Native American Testimony
"The Lakota have a wisdom that transcends the ages, and Joseph Marshall delivers it with grace and power in [The Lakota Way]." —Marianne Williamson
"Wise words by an authentic representative of Lakota culture...[The Lakota Way] is an inspirational book of a high order." —Kirkus Reviews
"[Returning to the Lakota Way] is certain to become a classic in Native American literature as well as a guide for anyone who seeks larger spiritual truths. Marshall, a Sicangu elder, is well on his way to becoming an elder for all of America." —Roger Welsch, author of Embracing Fry Bread: Confessions of a Wannabe
"In [Returning to the Lakota Way], Marshall eloquently delivers some hard truths in a soft package. His message for today's world: we will surely sink beneath the floodwaters of tomorrow if we do not embrace the wisdom of yesterday." —Joseph Starita, author of I Am a Man: Chief Standing Bear's Journey for Justice
"In [Returning to the Lakota Way, Marshall] reminds his readers that even in the overstimulated, overstressed 21st century, the greatest peace is to be found in simple, universal values and quiet contemplation." —Kirk Ellis, writer/producer of TNT's Into the West and HBO's John Adams
Author BiographyJoseph M. Marshall III was born and raised on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation and holds a PhD from the reservation university, which he helped to establish. The award-winning author of ten books, including Hundred in the Hand, The Lakota Way, and The Long Knives Are Crying, he has also contributed to various publications and written several screenplays. Marshall's work as a cultural and historical consultant can be seen and heard in the Turner Network Television and DreamWorks epic television miniseries Into the West.