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The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee



Publisher & Publication Year

Viking, 2022

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David Treuer (Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe)

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The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee is a story of Native American resilience and reinvention, adapted for young adults from the adult nonfiction book of the same name. Since the late 1800s, it has been believed that Native American civilization has been wiped from the United States. This book tells a different story. Native American culture is far from defeated—if anything, it is thriving as much today as it was one hundred years ago.

Notable Achievements


Publishers Weekly: "Using approachable language and eye-opening firsthand accounts, Treuer unfailingly puts Indigenous people at the center of their own history to prove that 'Indian cultures are not dead and our civilizations have not been destroyed.'"

Kirkus Reviews: "Utterly vital in its historical prowess, essential in its portraits of lived experiences."

Booklist: "The history related here is necessary for all Americans to understand, and Treuer’s personalized accounting ensures that readers will learn it with both their minds and hearts."

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