ONE BOOK SOUTH DAKOTA SELECTION, 2012
Silver Medal, Best Regional Nonfiction—IPPY Awards, Independent Publisher, 2011
"What an incredible piece of work this is."—Stew Magnuson
"Those interested in . . . Native American studies will find Dammed Indians Revisited of particular interest."—Nebraska History
Dammed Indians Revisited "is an exhaustively researched history."—Bismarck Tribune
More than twenty-five years after the publication of Dammed Indians, Michael Lawson revisits his classic work. The 1944 Pick-Sloan Plan created a wealth of economic opportunities for the states lying along the Missouri River. But the project also flooded more than two hundred thousand acres of bottomlands that helped to sustain the Sioux (Lakota, Dakota, Nakota Indians) and forced the relocation of whole communities.
Dammed Indians Revisited examines how the work of the United States Army Corps of Engineers and the Bureau of Reclamation affected the communities along the river, demonstrating the unequal relationship between the tribes and the federal government. Lawson has unearthed new information, revising his original work to bring the story up to date. While the flooding occurred more than sixty years ago, the impact of the plan and its ramifications for continuing tribal-federal relations remain relevant in the twenty-first century.
Michael Lawson is a historical consultant with Morgan, Angel & Associates in Washington, DC, and has written extensively on American Indian history. Lawson's work can also be found in The Sioux in South Dakota History: A Twentieth-Century Reader edited by Richmond L. Clow.
"A thoughtful, heavily researched and soberly presented scholarly accounting."—The Midwest Book Review
"Michael Lawson updates his classic Dammed Indians in a new book, Dammed Indians Revisited. Drawing on new information to revamp his original book, Lawson reveals how the Pick-Sloan Plan affected the lives of the Sioux along the Missouri River and how tribal-federal relations have altered as a result."—Minnesota History