Ohiyesa: Charles Eastman, Santee Sioux

Ohiyesa: Charles Eastman, Santee Sioux

by Raymond Wilson


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Charles Eastman, or "Ohiyesa"
  in Santee, came of age during a period of increasing tension and violence between
  Native and "new" Americans. Raised to become a hunter-warrior, he
  was nevertheless persuaded by his Christianized father to enter the alien world
  of white society. A remarkably bright student, Eastman graduated from Dartmouth
  College and the Boston University School of Medicine. Later on he served as
  government physician at the Pine Ridge Agency (and tended casualties at Wounded
  Knee), as Indian Inspector for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and as Indian secretary
  for the YMCA, and helped found the Boy Scouts of America.
Concurrently, however, he also worked
  on special congressional legislation to settle Sioux claims and was a charter
  member and later president of the Society of American Indians. It was his writing,
  though, which most clearly established Eastman's determination to hold on to
  his roots. In works such as Indian Boyhood, The Soul of the Indian, and
  Indian Heroes and Chieftains he reconfirmed his native heritage and tried
  to make white society aware of the Indians' contribution to American civilization.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780252009785
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Publication date: 07/01/1983
Pages: 242
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix
Acknowledgments xii
From the Deep Woods
To Civilization
Service at Pine Ridge during the Ghost Dance
Physician versus Agent
Indian Secretary for the YMCA
Eastman and the Santee Claims
Government Physician at Crow Creek, 1900-03
Renaming the Sioux
Writing and Lecturing
Promoting the American Indian
U.S. Indian Inspector, 1923-25
The Final Years
Bibliography 195(12)
Index 207

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