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Although it’s no surprise that the U.S. government hasn’t always treated Native Americans as it should, this meticulously researched book has many other revelations that are guaranteed to take you aback. For instance, did you know that the Osage Indians in Oklahoma were the richest people in the world in the 1920s? Although a succession of questionable treaties had relegated them to the most barren and inhospitable area in the Midwest, they were astute enough to retain the mineral rights . . . so when an “underground reservation” of oil was discovered, the Osage began living in mansions and sending their children to the best schools and colleges.
But that’s where the trouble began. READ MORE