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Russell Means is the most controversial Indian leader of our time. Where White Men Fear to Tread is the well-detailed, first-hand story of his life so far, in which he has done everything possible to dramatize and justify the Native American aim of self-determination, such as storming Mount Rushmore, seizing Plymouth Rock, running for President in 1988, and--most notoriousRussell Means is the most controversial Indian leader of our time. Where White Men Fear to Tread is the well-detailed, first-hand story of his life so far, in which he has done everything possible to dramatize and justify the Native American aim of self-determination, such as storming Mount Rushmore, seizing Plymouth Rock, running for President in 1988, and--most notoriously--leading a 71-day takeover of Wounded Knee, South Dakota, in 1973. This visionary autobiography by one of our most magnetic personalities will fascinate, educate, and inspire. As Dee Brown has written, "A reading of Means's story is essential for any clear understanding of American Indians during the last half of the twentieth century."...

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  • Mr Means
    2019-01-25 05:49

    Although this is a good read, there are some serious issues with the "facts" as presented. The name Means is Gaelic in origin and does not come from the mistranslation and shortening of "Trains His Horses well". My and his Great Great... Grand father was not Native. Russell lived with my Grandfather and Father for a short period of time as stated in his book (although some of the names were inaccurate due to the fog of time). He has also misrepresented his involvement with AIM, as he officially quit many times to the press and re-avowed his membership when he felt he needed to. Go here:, for more information on this. One could attribute these failures to the fog of time, but one would also think that he would research for accuracy. I was given this book as a gift by my family, and read it with great anticipation, but was sorely disappointed with the inaccuracies regarding the family and some of the events in our (Native) history. Some of the major players who were involved in the 60's and 70's were portrayed in a very negative light in spite of the support they gave us during those difficult times. Read the book, but with the understanding that it is about Russell and his views, but not necessarily those of the family or others

  • Adrian Rush
    2019-02-17 00:55

    I grew up in a small Michigan town named for an Indian chief who gave his life to save the white settlers there. More importantly, my own ancestry includes some Cherokee and Blackfoot blood. So I've always taken a special interest in American Indians and their struggles to maintain their identity, their dignity, and even their lives. That's why I was attracted to Russell Means' story. This libertarian Lakota is as mad as hell, and he's not going to take it anymore. Not content to live as a broken spirit on a reservation, where he saw his people living in squalor, slaves to addiction and reduced to living on meager handouts from an indifferent government, Means led demonstrations and occupations at Wounded Knee, Mount Rushmore, Alcatraz, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs office, both to bring attention to the plight of Indians and to shake up the often-corrupt tribal bureaucracies themselves. Whether his activism helped or hurt his cause is up for the reader to decide, but his bravery and determination are never in question.

  • Michael
    2019-02-03 04:07

    I enjoyed reading this book, but I don't believe half of what he writes. I give him due credit for being a radical and a rascal.

  • Boreal Elizabeth
    2019-02-02 04:53

    This is probably one of the most important american autobiographies, ever. Means coherently and movingly tells the story of the American Indian and the genocide and political suppression perpetrated on them. No history of his people is complete without his and his contemporaries stories. No history of white men in America is complete without this story. If it didn't really happen you wouldn't beleive it and since this history is so recent it is so important that it be told.

  • Manda
    2019-01-24 05:07

    No book has angered me as much as Where White Men Fear to Tread. While I understand the frustration the Means must have felt, especially when looking at the horrid way his ancestors have been treated by the US Government, and the persistent racism that was still visible in the 1980s, but I do not see how he could use this to justify his atrocious behaviors. Means was an egomaniac and hypocrite who believed in equality for Native Americans. He wanted people to join his movements, and be apart of them. However, he harbored a lot of anger towards white people who supported and helped him. He wanted to end discrimination of native people, and hated when people used racial slurs towards him or other natives, yet freely used racial slurs against everyone else when he felt they were not supporting him or his organizations enough. He also demanded support from other Native American organizations, yet would not support all of them in return. The best evidence of this is when he was approached to help support a movement to bring attention to domestic violence on the reservations. Means, an admitted wife beater, refused to support them.The point in the book where I realized that there was absolutely no redeeming quality in Means, is when he was on trial in Minnesota for leading the Wounded Knee takeover. As he and several of his fiends were preparing to go hear his verdict, they decided to sneak guns into the courtroom and shoot the judge, prosecutors, and jurors, if he received a guilty verdict. In the book, Means says he is tired of being arrested. Tired of spending his time in courts and defending himself. Yet he constantly and continued to act in ways that brought him this negative attention. He had no qualms in beating officers, shooting them, setting government buildings on fire, and participating in drunken barroom brawls. He continued to state it was because the police officers were discrimination against him. While I believe that this is partially true, Means was also a thug who put himself in situations that required his encounters with the law. Means as a human being is not a very likable guy either. He's an alcoholic, who abuses his wives (he had multiple marriages) and abandons his families (when the children are very young), is barely involved in his children's lives after he leaves their mothers, and a racist with violent tendencies, as well as a drug and alcohol problem (that he admits to). Means solution to bring equality and end racism/discrimination for Native Americans is to meet hate with hate, hostility with hostility, and violence with violence, all the while expecting the world to change and bend to his whims. He speaks of wanting peace for himself and his fellow natives, yet he will not do anything to encourage and develop the peace he desires. This by far was the most frustrating book I have ever read in my life.

  • Pat Schakelvoort
    2019-01-28 01:05

    Means is a uncompromising activist he doesn`t make excuses for being a radical and for having had contacts with other radical groups. He has a aim for his people and he only cares about his people. He doesn`t make excuses for disliking white people, esspecially rednecks. Although I don`t agree on his views on the white working class. It were the big coperations who stole the indian lands and dumped the Indians in white society and forces the Indians to integrate. His criticism of the ignorant letwing wannabee white people and orthodox marxists are spot on. Leftwingers care as much about the Indians as the rightwing rednecks they just want to instrumentalize them for their own causes.

  • Andrew
    2019-02-01 03:42

    This is the autobiography of the radical and rather uncompromising American 'Indian' leader, Russell Means. Overall I found it an interesting read which I would recommend to others.

  • Gina
    2019-02-18 00:48

    My first year in college I was taking a communications/media class that I skipped a lot, which may have been part of why I read the entire book, not just the assigned chapters. One of the extra things I read was an essay by Russell Means. It was fascinating, but also bitter, and I was not sure if I could trust what he was saying, especially his criticism of other AIM members. So later, when he started an acting career, I thought maybe he had mellowed. Maybe not.That’s still how I find him. Some things he writes could be true, but there are things that are at least exaggerations, if not completely false, and so I find him an unreliable narrator. For example, he refers to the newspapers covering his Red Berets years before they ever wrote about the Fruit of Islam or other groups. Well, I don't know how the newspaper coverage was, but based on the history of the Fruit of Islam, and when they were operating, it feels like an exaggeration. A lot of what he cites feels questionable, and he doesn't do a lot to back up his points.If I liked Means better, it might help, but while I care about him, I don’t like him. He is so quick to label others as sellouts, phonies, liars, crooks, and thugs, and he seems to do it with no sense of irony when he is by his own account doing many of the same things. This is important, because many of the actions he takes or contemplates taking are things that would normally be wrong, including murder. There are extenuating circumstances where you can see doing something extreme, but to make that allowance I want to have more faith in his judgment, and I can’t. He complains about things that are awful the same way he complains about things that are really petty, like a newspaper not covering that they swept up a store after they looted it. Contrasting it with Vine Deloria, whom Means considers a friend, Deloria says a lot of harsh things about white people, but because he seems pretty meticulous in his research, and to be taking it all less personally, that helps me to not take it personally and focus on what he is saying. Perhaps that is the difference between someone who completes law school and someone who bums around for years, sometimes working, often partying, and always moving around.Reading Means is more like reading The Autobiography of Malcolm X, except that with Malcolm there was a sense that he was cut off if the midst of change, and we don’t get to see how he would have turned out. With Means, he had a lot of time and opportunity, and he had some real gifts of intellect and charisma, and so there is this frustration that he could have been so much more. And he was a lot, I’m not denying that, but I still feel some loss. And yes, there is plenty to be bitter about, but bitterness just doesn’t help.

  • Jackson Andrews
    2019-02-10 00:42

    I am a very picky reader but even though I am just that; the book is magnificent. I would give it five stars. The truth inside the story may be hard for some readers to believe, or even to accept. The struggle Russell Means stands for may not always be an agreeable problem. For someone who went through so much turbulence because of his heritage to write a work of art like this is remarkable.If you visualize as you read this story you feel the emotion of his words. Up and down like a rollercoaster it takes you through your entire range of emotions from happy to sad, amazed to dis-belief.By the time you finish you understand why he is the person he is. I think his life proves why he is one of America's most important leaders. You don't have to be from the Dakotas or Oklahoma to understand this book. It would be an honor to meet him and shake his hand, and I think everyone should read this autobiography so you can learn the truth about so many things we were never told or taught in school.

  • Alexandra Cornelia
    2019-01-27 05:43

    The book i truly captivating and I can't put it down, i'm halfway trough it. I think it offers a valuable insight into the real situation of american indians in the 19th and 20th century. It perfectly describes the harsh conditions under which they struggle to survive and all the anger that they show sincer they were deprived of their land and rights. But despite being a very good narrator, Mr. Means was a vey controversial man who has done many bad things. This is also quite natural when you grow up in a family where education means violence and when you live in poverty. THis book perfectly describes how lost the indians are, not being able to practice their spirituality and ways of life and they all respond to this with a lot of anger. After all, violence and agressive attitudes are representative of low social classes, and in America the indians were treated worse than the poorest of people. I would encourage everyone to read this book, and try to see things from their point of view as well.

  • Lee Heath
    2019-02-15 00:06

    One of my absolute all time favorites. Don't let the thickness of this book scare you! This autobiography tells, "The other side". Russell Means is a true American Indian activist/leader, who fought for his country, stood up for his rights and the rights of his people and the land. I found this book to be honest, direct and eye opening. It gives light, reason and understanding towhat really happened at Wounded Knee. Since reading this book, I have traveled to meet Russell Means to see for myself what a real warrior is. Magnetic & honorable - Russell Means.

  • Devowasright
    2019-02-16 03:56

    i truly engrossing account of the rise of AIM, the American Indian Movement, and all the horrors that led up to it and followed. The author definitely paints himself in the best light, but given all that happened i think that is justifiable. it bogs down a bit toward the end, but i think this should be required reading for every American citizen.

  • Matthew
    2019-01-29 00:59

    This autobiography examines in depth the life and times of Russel Means, an activist that continues to fight for native american sovreignty. His story will make you appreciate the extent of his convictions and it will underscore governmental plots to discredit the American Indian Movement.

  • Debewin
    2019-01-29 05:02

    Amazing book by a fearless leader

  • Eden
    2019-02-07 04:46

    Russell Means was an American Indian activist, part of the American Indian Movement and later in life, an actor. I've only seen a few of the movies he was in, Disney's Pocahontas and the 2007 movie Pathfinder.I've read a lot about him online, about his life and the things he has done, both good and bad. Even after reading his book, I'm still not sure what to think of Mr. Means.One thing is for sure that he got people's attention. I definitely learned a lot more about him while reading this book and even though I am Indian too, there are many things that I disagreed with. Russell Means and I definitely don't share the same views on everything, or view the way to handle things in the same manner. However, I will say that this was interesting book and I did really like reading it, even if I disagree with a lot of his views. I think some of the parts I most enjoyed were reading about his kids - He seemed to really care about them and it's too bad he wasn't in their lives too much for many years. Anyone who is interested in learning more about Russell Means's life, I would say read this book and I'm sure you'll find it interesting. May Russell rest in peace.

  • Mars Weston
    2019-02-10 05:50

    "We don't exist in the twentieth century.""Understand that the choice is based on culture, not race. Understand that to choose European culture and industrialism is to be my enemy. And understand that the choice is yours, not mine.""Americans don't have a culture. They left their cultures behind. Culture is about values. Anybody who says anything different is a democrat....or a republican."Very engrossing. Couldn't put it down and tore through the 550 pages in 12 hours. Brave and relentless. He puts his shortcomings right on the table while being honest and open about his feelings towards important issues that always seemed to get swept under the rug.From dealing drugs, to taking over Mount Rushmore (erected upon the Black Hills, sacred land), to occupying a BIA building in Washington D.C., to AIM's 71 day occupation of Wounded knee, to running for president....he was very much an activist with pure animosity for the dominant culture. Very much Emotion.Recommended.

  • Todd Myers
    2019-02-17 01:40

    This book will change everything you thought you knew about Russell Means, released in 1995, it explores his life up until then. An activist for the rights of American Indians during his life, Russell had plenty of issues/run ins with the US Government and was arrested several times, even ran for President on the Libertarian ticket. You really see how racist and backwards the government and Bureau Of Indian Affairs really are, even to this day. I really recommend this book and it will definitely change the way you think about Russell, American Indians, and even the government and our treatment of the Indians.

  • Nusaybah
    2019-02-13 00:06

    Daring, uncompromising, confrontational, honest. This author, actor, and Indian activist escorts the reader into the lives, places, and periods in history that most Americans don't know anything about but should.

  • James F
    2019-01-26 01:43

    The autobiography of Russell Means, one of the leaders of the American Indian Movement (AIM) at the time of the Wounded Knee occupation. If anyone thinks that the genocide against the American Indians is ancient history, they should read this book. It describes in painful detail the racism against native Americans during our own lifetimes, the corrupt and scandalous role of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the continuing theft of Indian land, and the many violations of human rights, including murders, "disappearances", beatings, rapes, frame-ups, and judicial misconduct on the part of local, state, and federal law enforcement and officials. It's also in many ways an inspiring book, on the resistance of the Indians especially in the late sixties and early seventies when American culture was beginning to radicalize, although it's also disheartening as it goes on into the period of reaction from Carter and Reagan on.I was aware of the Wounded Knee occupation when it was going on, and in fact the first radical political meeting I ever attended was to hear Lee Brightman, another AIM leader, speak about the occupation. However, I was not aware of many of the other AIM activities, such as the Yellow Thunder Camp. Just for the radical history of the period, this book is worth reading.However, there are problems with the book as well. Means was certainly militant in his activities against the racists and the government, and is a fund of information about US Indian policy. He is very open about many of his own shortcomings, such as his problems with alcohol, his tendencies to violence, and his neglect of his family. But there is also throughout the book an undercurrent of attacks on other AIM leaders, especially Vernon Bellecourt. I suspect that part of the problem is that Means seems to have no sense of the importance of winning people over; his tactics are always confrontational, and he must have been difficult to work with in an organization. He also tends to let his personal friendships or dislikes of people affect his political evaluations. But toward the end of the book, I realized that there was a more fundamental political problem: Means has a very traditional, spiritualist-religious approach and no realization of the larger political issues in society other than racism, which led him to make some very questionable alliances, for example with Larry Flynt, with the Moonies, and finally with the Libertarian Party. He was (or at least became) an extreme anti-communist, who calls the present US government "socialist" and supported the US war against Nicaragua. This undoubtedly was one of the reasons for his break with AIM. I intend in the next few months to read the autobiographies of some other AIM leaders such as Leonard Pelletier and Dennis Banks which may shed more light on the disputes.Ultimately, though, this was a book very much worth reading, and for all his political errors, Means is a person worthy of respect for his sincerity and courage in fighting for his people.

  • Kathryn French
    2019-01-28 03:56

    Russell Means's autobiography is well worth reading, for several reasons. First it is an unvarnished honest look at life as an Indian in the US in the 20th century. He tells about his own life, and about what the current modern culture is doing to the Indians' traditions.Second, as a political activist, he has a unique perspective on what the western hemisphere governments have done to the native peoples of the Americas. It isn't pretty.Third, and most pertinent to today's climate under the administration of the 45th president, he unveils Washington as having been full of lies, deceit, and obstructionism for many of the preceding administrations, under both Republicans and Democrats. We all know politicians can be devious/dishonest, but I found it helpful to read concrete examples of earlier malevolence, to realize such behavior is not a new thing in government.I pulled a quote, from page 488, that was revealing. Means wrote this in 1995:"As an Indian and a Libertarian, I saw that unless something was done to awaken the people, as William Shirer wrote in the 1950s, America will be the first country to become fascist democratically - a process that has begun."

  • Allee
    2019-02-19 02:40

    So I kind of had to read this book at a sprint because it sat on my table for awhile and then all of a sudden was due back at the library and couldn't be renewed... so I tried to read it in about 3 days. It's about 550 pages. It was hard.That being said, I'm glad I read it. I'm relatively aware of how much Indians have been screwed over, but because they've been successfully ghetto-ized (as in, pushed back into a confined area), it's hard to really see the impact of the reality of that. But then I just got a 550 page dose. And I enjoyed it not only because of the light it shed on the ghettoization of Indians, but also the insight into Indian spirituality and worldview, as compared to the white/Western/Eurocentric linear thinking that dominates America today. It's a more holistic worldview where people see themselves as one part of an equation and the focus is on being in tune and being present with your surroundings. I think obviously that characterization is missing a lot but, it's part of the impression that I was left with. And that's not a groundbreaking realization or insight, but to have delved into it for 500 pages I got a better sense and understanding of it. It's a damn shame we've done our utmost to stomp it out. I'd recommend it if you're into those kinds of things, learning more about the recent history of American Indians and activism (much of the book traces his role in AIM, a radical Indian org from the 70s) and experiencing more of an Indian perspective. It has led me to think a little differently about things, hopefully that lasts.

  • Sarah Bradbury
    2019-01-25 22:56

    This is the best book i believe i have ever read; I've actually read it twice purely because there is so much information in it that i couldn't take it all in at first.I personally took a dislike to the man (and believe now he's older he has sold himself out to the people he spent his life fighting against). I don't agree with the way he has done certain things, but I believe in everything he stands for and understand that there were certain things that had to be done to get the point across. At the end of the day he had to do what was right for him and his people at the time. It chronicles life as a native in the 20th century, and how himself, and his people have tried to get back what they are rightly owed, and to gain the respect that they so rightly deserve. How they want to be seen as equals and be allowed to be themselves.It also chronicles the kind of man that he was; at times not the nicest person, but he is able to own up to his faults and face his own personal demons, which is no mean feat for anyone.Many people outside the US see the Native people as some kind of magical, spiritual beings (almost deity like); they're not. They are real humans facing uphill struggles and battles that we (unless you are an indigenous person) could never understand. Russell brings those struggles to life in the way he tells his story. Whether you love or loathe him at the end of this book, you can't help but be touched by it in some way.If you only read one book in your life, make it this book.

  • Mohawkgrl
    2019-02-01 01:48

    A very long autobiography about a disillusioned, bitter and angry Indian, as Means preferred to be called. His anger, at times is quite understandable under the circumstances that he describes. However he was also a very self-assured and no-nonsense type of man. His righteous and staunch defense of his people, their land and their rights, is commendable but often too disjointed, especially his assorted trials. He often failed to take responsibility for his actions, however misguided, for his children, for his drinking and anger. Yet you get to see his behaviour and attitudes, warts and all. There's no doubt that he was a figure to be reckoned with. I did admire his bravery in the face of bureaucratic bs that constantly stalled every opportunity for advancement, whether his own or his nation's. Although it was written with Marvin J Wolf, you really hear Means' voice throughout the narrative. With that said, the US owes much to the Oglala Nation (along with every Native American nation in North Am.) and I believe there will never be enough money or compensation for the centuries and subsequent generations of stolen land and broken lives. A must read if you're at all interested in AIM, Wounded Knee or activists from the 70s who tried to bring pride and traditional values back to their people. RIP Russell Means

  • Lisa
    2019-01-30 01:56

    A candid autobiography of an interesting individual whose impact on the radical times of the 1970's is without doubt. It is a book full of braggadocio about his partying, fighting and womanizing in addition to his work with AIM. Kudos for including details that didn't always portray Mr. Means in the best light: alcoholism, spousal abuse, neglect of his children. Probably included in part as therapy as it seems that this book may have come about as part of his treatment for anger management. As a woman it was difficult to read at times because, while you get the idea that Mr. Means recognized the above listed faults and by the end of the book was working to deal with them, I am not sure that he recognized nor saw his misogyny as a problem at all. I literally had to put the book down in disgust and walk away when reading about how he seduced his third wife when he was in his mid-thirties and she was a high school student at the time. I found I had much sympathy for the women in his life who he kept leaving. Hopefully the last 20 years of his life after this autobiography was written were happier times for Mr. Means and his family. There were so many inconsistencies and contradictions within this book and it was hard at times to decide what was the truth, what was embellished truth, what was complete fabrication and which viewpoint Mr. Means actually held.

  • Monty
    2019-01-26 00:49

    This is an unvarnished autobiography of a life-long political activist and sometime nativist militant. if I were born a member of the Lakota people, I would probably feel much the same that Russell Means did. He passed away in 2012. This is a good book for people to read who are smug in a one-sided view of American History and who are unaware of the price paid by Native peoples for European immigrant expansion across the Western half of the nation. The repeated violations of the Fort Laramie treaty of 1868, the forced Apartheid of Native Americans and the restrictions on their culture and religion in 1891, and the forced passage of the Wheeler-Howard Act (also known as the Indian Reorganization Act)in 1934--are acts which were and are reprehensible, and just as terrible as many foreign imperial colonial acts anywhere in the world. The Black Hills of South Dakota are particularly important to the Native populations there, and Russell Means describes his activities in that and other areas in some detail. He used his time in prison to earn a Ph.D, and it has served him well. This book could easily be described as "Malcolm X for Native Peoples", and I think that would be very accurate. Be prepared to be shaken if you are not familiar with Russell Means, his views and his work with AIM (The American Indian Movement) during its most active years.

  • Cayr
    2019-02-04 23:55

    This is the first autobiography that I have read where I can't say that I like the author better or less for having read it. I have always admired Russell Means. I have admired his courage to stand up for his beliefs, and I am old enough to remember his protests in the news as they were happening. He is a man of conviction. He is also a bit of an asshole. Showing the darker side of himself as he does throughout this book, makes him a more sympathetic protagonist. I found the beginning of the book about his younger years very interesting, particularly the time that he spent in Cleveland. Extremely intelligent and opinionated, he writes with a conversational prose that is easy to read. Even so, I had a hard time keeping track of his children and wives and his role (or lack of a role) in their various lives. I would have liked to have read more about his involvement with Dennis Banks, and perhaps less about the details of various court cases. I'm still at a loss as to whether or not the Bellacourts were friends or frenemies.

  • Rabbi Ben
    2019-01-31 23:42

    Russell Means is probably the most famous living Native American, although according to his book, written with (and mostly by, I would guess) Marvin Wolf, a professional writer, Means prefers to be called an Indian, not a Native American. He has crammed several lifetimes of adventure into his years, and if he sometimes comes across a bit snarky, it isn't bragging, it's just what happened to him and how he feels about it. If you thought you knew anything about American Indians, this book will open your eyes to a world you could never have imagined. And if you really do a lot about Indians, Means' memoir will nevertheless delight and sometimes amaze you. This is the most amazing life story I ever heard about.

  • Jonna
    2019-02-16 03:06

    I loved this book and was fortunate enough to have the chance to meet the author at a book signing. It was just after "The Last of the Mohicans" had come out with Daniel Day Lewis as Hawkeye. Mr. Means was an imposing figure. Well over 6 feet tall, he had gorgeous, shining black hair, in braids, and penetrating eyes. He spoke for awhile and then signed books and I remember when it became my turn and he asked for my name, and I told it to him, he said, "Jonna, you live in a beautiful land. Take care of it." And I said, mesmerized, "Yes, sir" ... He passed away last year, but I will always remember that exchange. And the book is a great memory of the man as well.

  • Jens N
    2019-02-13 07:01

    One of the most influential books I have ever read. Means' pride and battle spirit is fundemental throughout his biography, mixed with emotional and shockingly cruel stories of the Lakotah people. His no-holds-barred attitude becomes easy to understand when he dives into his many examples of unfair treatment in his own country. At times an emotional rollercoaster, it gives an extremely convincing testimony to the tragic history of his people, himself and the concept of a Eurocentric world view. His anecdotes do sometimes go abit too far, but given the extremes of his life it's very easily forgiven. A should-read for everyone interested in American and European history.

  • Paul Whetten
    2019-02-07 02:59

    The most compelling part of this story was Mr. Means' spiritual journey back to the traditional beliefs of his ancestors. He speaks with great reverence about the traditions of his ancestors and those who are committed to living traditionaly. In the rest of the book he comes across as a force to be reckoned with on comtemporary Indian issues. I got the impression that, had he lived in the 1800's he would have been another Crazy Horse, Sitting Bull, or Geronimo.It was good to get an Native American's perspective on Native American issues.