“It’s more than a race war. They are waging a war with the earth. Our forests and cornfields are burned by them. But, I say to you, our tears reach God. He knows what’s coming round, so may God speak to the greedy hearts of men and move them.” (Part One)
“The women were a business investment. Another white man, when asked what he did for a living, said by way of an answer that he’d married an Osage woman, and everyone who listened understood what he meant, that he didn’t work; he lived off her money.” (Part One)
“The Indian people wanted, with all their hearts, nothing more than to be left alone and in peace. They wanted it so much that they turned their minds away from the truth and looked in the other direction, and even Horse, who was known for his divinations, saw it coming only a little at a time.” (Part One)
“He missed South Dakota, but he believed he could do more for his people in Washington than he could do at home where so many of the young Indian men had been broken that a cop’s sole job was to keep them from killing each other as they relived the heritage of violence that had been committed against them.” (Part One)
“ ‘We’ve had awful hard times,’ Ben said, and his words seemed strengthened by the shock of the blast. And everyone knew he didn’t mean his own bad times. ‘They put us on this godforsaken land and no one knew what was underneath it, but even with all this oil and money, it seems we can’t come out ahead.’ ” (Part One)
“She thought of the history of her hands. They were like her grandmother’s hands, were made up of them. Her grandmother who had come to Oklahoma over the Trail of Tears. Soldiers had forced the line of people west, out from their Mississippi homeland. They were beaten and lost, forced to give up everything that had been their lives until they thought of nothing more than how to go on, to...
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