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Bronze Medal, Best Regional Nonfiction, IPPY Awards, Independent Publisher, 2011
"Pope does a wonderful job making this brief, but important portion of Sitting Bull's life quite fascinating. . . . A worthy addition to any American history library."—LibraryThing
An "exhaustively researched book."—Foreword Reviews
"Pope's book has indeed put flesh on the bones of history."—True West Magazine
After Sitting Bull's surrender at Fort Bugord in what is now North Dakota in 1881, the United States Army transported the chief and his followers down the Missouri River to Fort Randall, roughly seventy miles west of Yankton. The famed Hunkpapa leader remained there for twenty-two months as a prisoner of war.
During that year and a half, Sitting Bull conducted tribal business, met with dignitaries and visitors, and interacted with those who imprisoned him. Dennis C. Pop has written a dramatic account of that time and those relationships, taking the reader inside Sitting Bull's camp to see the day-to-day reality of captive life for this powerful man and his people. Pope paints a first-person view of the events of these months, using extensive research, primary accounts from eye-witnesses, and the observations and writings of a reporter from the Saint Paul and Minneapolis Pioneer Press. The combination of sources presents an almost minute-by minute description, intimately depicting the great chief's character, beliefs, and thought processes.
Sitting Bull, Prisoner of War fills a gap in the famous chief's story, allowing readers to glimpse a previously little-known episode of his life.
"A handful of vintage black-and-white photographs illustrates this carefully researched and engagingly presented chronicle. Sitting Bull, Prisoner of War is a choice pick for Native American Studies, biography, and college library reference shelves."—Midwest Book Review
"Scholars will find this book an important adjunct to their study of the Sioux after Little Big Horn."—Foreword Reviews