On the Rez

by Ian Frazier

Hardcover, 2000

Call number

978.3 FRA



Farrar, Straus and Giroux (2000), Edition: 1st, 311 pages


Raw account of modern day Oglala Sioux who now live on the Pine Ridge Indian reservation.

User reviews

LibraryThing member drewandlori
A colorful portrait of the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, the poorest county in the U.S.
LibraryThing member GBev2008
A vivid and interesting look at Frazier's time spent visiting the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. It's a very good tale about the struggles and hopes of the Oglala people who live in impoverished conditions.

Frazier's style is not for everyone, but I enjoyed it. Not as much as "Great Plains," but a good book none the less.… (more)
LibraryThing member dele2451
This book is actually a story within a story. The first stories centers around the unusual bond between an alcohol abusing Native American and a self-proclaimed Indian wannabe; the second chronicles the impact one special teenager can have on an entire community many consider bleak and often evil. Both stories are interesting in their own right, but their juxtaposition inside this book makes it a more compelling read than it may have been otherwise. Mr Frazier's offers some thought-provoking and seldom-addressed perspectives on the everyday life of Indians in modern America interspersed with brief passages on the historical events, various treaties, and tribal leaders that have played major roles in shaping their fate. Even people who are not particularly interested in Native American culture or history should find the inspirational tale of basketball hero SuAnne Big Crow worth the read. I recommend.… (more)
LibraryThing member yellerreads
On the Rez details the author's experiences on the Pine Ridge reservation.




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