Custer Died for Your Sins [Paperback]
In his new preface to this quality paperback edition, the author observes, "The Indian world has changed so substantially since the first publication of this book that some things contained in it seem new again." Indeed, it seems that each generation of whites and Indians will have to read and reread Vine Deloria's manifesto for some time to come, before we absorb his special, ironic Indian point of view and what he tells us, with a great deal of humor, about U.S. race relations, federal bureaucracies, Christian churches, and social scientists. This book continues to be required reading for all Americans, whatever their special interest.
"With great humor and cutting wit [Vine Deloria, Jr.] debunks the stereotype of the Native American of feather and beads and Hollywood fame. Detailing the interaction of Native Americans with United States government agencies, treaties (past and present), Christian churches and social sciences, Custer Died for Your Sins destroys the white man's myth about Indian culture." --Arizona Living
[Deloria] writes with ironic, mordant wit and, in the process, he resolutely destroys the stereotypes and myths that white society has built up about the Indian." --Newsweek