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In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse

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in the footsteps of crazy horse



Most Lakota children have black hair, brown skin, and brown eyes. Not Jimmy McClean. He has blue eyes and light-brown hair. Those differences alone make him a target to bullies like Corky Brin and Jesse Little Horse, but when combined with his “white” name, he’s the only target.

In order to teach Jimmy more about his heritage, Grandpa Nyles takes Jimmy on a field trip to learn about the great Lakota leader Crazy Horse, another Lakota with fair hair and light skin.

Crazy Horse took up arms against the United States government to fight against the whites who were encroaching on the territories and lifestyle of the Lakota people.

What can Jimmy learn from Grandpa Nyles’ stories about the famous warrior?


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Joseph Marshall III was raised by his maternal grandparents on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation in South Dakota. Because of this, his first language is Lakota. He even learned to make his own bows and arrows by hand.

Since college, Joseph has accomplished much in the academic world: he taught English at Todd County High School, helped found Sinte Gleska University on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation, and developed a Native American studies curriculum for the college. He has a PhD from Sinte Gleska.

Joseph’s work can also be seen on screen. He’s been in a number of documentaries and acted in “Loved by the Buffalo” as a Lakota medicine man.

Now writing full-time, he has published a number of nonfiction, fiction, short stories, essays, and screenplays.

He and his wife Connie have a blended family of nine kids, and sixteen grandchildren.

Author website
Author interview: WoLakota Project
Author spotlight: Sounds True

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