Books published by Bison Books

In the United States of Africa

Bison Books | March 1, 2009 | 123 pages
In a literary reversal as deadly serious as it is wickedly satiric, this novel by the acclaimed French-speaking African writer Abdourahman A. Waberi turns the fortunes of the world upside down. On this reimagined globe a stream of sorry humanity flows from the West, from the slums of America and... More Info

The Forbidden Fuel

Bison Books | July 17, 2019 | 274 pages
The Forbidden Fuel is the definitive history of alcohol fuel, describing in colorful detail the emergence of alcohol fuel in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and the political and economic forces behind its popularity, opposition, and eventual growth. In 1982, when The Forbidden Fuel was... More Info

Song of Dewey Beard

Bison Books | October 1, 2014 | 288 pages
The great Native American warriors and their resistance to the U.S. government in the war against the Plains Indians is a well-known chapter in the story of the American West. In the aftermath of the great resistance, as the Indian nations recovered from war, many figures loomed heroic, yet their... More Info


Bison Books | October 22, 2014 | 304 pages
Downwind is an unflinching tale of the atomic West that reveals the intentional disregard for human and animal life through nuclear testing by the federal government and uranium extraction by mining corporations during and after the Cold War. Sarah Alisabeth Fox highlights the personal cost of... More Info

Wild Idea

Bison Books | September 1, 2014 | 272 pages
For more than forty years the prairies of South Dakota have been Dan O’Brien’s home. Working as a writer and an endangered-species biologist, he became convinced that returning grass-fed, free-roaming buffalo to the grasslands of the northern plains would return natural balance to the region... More Info

We Will Dance Our Truth

Bison Books | May 1, 2014 | 394 pages
In this innovative, performative approach to the expressive culture of the Yaqui (Yoeme) peoples of the Sonora and Arizona borderlands, David Delgado Shorter provides an altogether fresh understanding of Yoeme worldviews. Based on extensive field study, Shorter’s interpretation of the... More Info

Native American Environmentalism

Bison Books | April 1, 2014 | 224 pages
"A study of traditional Native American approaches to land and spirituality, analyzing how colonization has influenced how we perceive Indian spirituality and Indian relationships to nature"--  More Info

The Life of Chief Joseph

Bison Books | May 1, 2014 | 176 pages
Originally published: Idaho Falls, Ida.: Wasatch Press, c2008.  More Info

Two Hawk Dreams

Bison Books | July 17, 2019 | 88 pages
"'Two Hawk Dreams' is an unforgettable coming-of-age story about a Tukudika Shoshone family's seasonal round of life in the area that would become Yellowstone National Park"--  More Info

Black Elk Speaks

Bison Books | July 17, 2019 | 424 pages
Black Elk Speaks, the story of the Oglala Lakota visionary and healer Nicholas Black Elk (1863–1950) and his people during momentous twilight years of the nineteenth century, offers readers much more than a precious glimpse of a vanished time. Black Elk’s searing visions of the unity of... More Info

The Canadian Sioux, Second Edition

Bison Books | June 1, 2014 | 232 pages
The Canadian Sioux are descendants of Santees, Yanktonais, and Tetons from the United States who sought refuge in Canada during the 1860s and 1870s. Living today on eight reserves in Manitoba and Saskatchewan, they are the least studied of all the Sioux groups. This book, originally published in... More Info


Bison Books | September 1, 2013 | 336 pages
In Thomas Jefferson's day, 90 percent of the population worked on family farms. Today, in a world dominated by agribusiness, less than 1 percent of Americans claim farm-related occupations. What was lost along the way is something that Evelyn I. Funda experienced firsthand when, in 2001, her... More Info

Rock, Ghost, Willow, Deer

Bison Books | January 1, 2014 | 224 pages
Rock, Ghost, Willow, Deer is Allison Adelle Hedge Coke’s searching account of her life as a mixed-blood woman coming of age off reservation, yet deeply immersed in her Huron, Metis, and Cherokee heritage. In a style at once elliptical and achingly clear, Hedge Coke details her mother’s... More Info

Conquering Horse, Second Edition

Bison Books | November 1, 2013 | 384 pages
High on a remote butte, a young Sioux waits. Though daring in battle, skillful, and strong, he cannot be a man until his spiritual vision comes. When it appears, he must interpret it correctly to know who he is, and he must deserve it or continue to be called No Name. No Name has his vision, a... More Info

Reservation Capitalism

Bison Books | November 1, 2013 | 224 pages
Native American peoples suffer from health, educational, infrastructure, and social deficiencies of the sort that most Americans who live outside tribal lands are wholly unaware of and would not tolerate. Indians are the poorest people in the United States, and their reservations are appallingly... More Info

The Great Sioux Nation

Bison Books | May 1, 2013 | 224 pages
“If the moral issues raised by the Sioux people in the federal courtroom that cold month of December 1974 spark a recognition among the readers of a common destiny of humanity over and above the rules and regulations, the codes and statutes, and the power of the establishment to enforce its will,... More Info

Haven's Wake

Bison Books | March 1, 2013 | 256 pages
Early July, and the corn in eastern Nebraska stands ten feet tall; after a near-decade of drought, it seems too good to be true, and everyone is watching the sky for trouble. For the Grebels, whose plots of organic crops trace a modest patchwork among the vast fields of soybeans and corn, trouble... More Info

Hard Hitting Songs for Hard-Hit People

Bison Books | September 1, 2012 | 372 pages
Twenty-seven years in the making (1940–67), this tapestry of nearly two hundred American popular and protest songs was created by three giants of performance and musical research: Alan Lomax, indefatigable collector and preserver; Woody Guthrie, performer and prolific balladeer; and Pete Seeger,... More Info

What Becomes You

Bison Books | April 1, 2008 | 299 pages
“Being a man, like being a woman, is something you have to learn,” Aaron Raz Link remarks. Few would know this better than the coauthor of What Becomes You, who began life as a girl named Sarah and twenty-nine years later began life anew as a gay man. As he transforms from female to male and... More Info

Chief Bender's Burden

Bison Books | May 1, 2010 | 352 pages
The greatest American Indian baseball player of all time, Charles Albert Bender was, according to a contemporary, “the coolest pitcher in the game.” Using a trademark delivery, an impressive assortment of pitches that may have included the game’s first slider, and an apparently unflappable... More Info

Ceiling of Sticks

Bison Books | September 1, 2010 | 64 pages
Winner of the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry, Shane Book’s collection,Ceiling of Sticks, is a powerful and unflinching sort of documentary poetics. It bears elegiac witness to the effects of global politics on individual lives. Book’s poems carry us to Uganda, Ghana, Mali, Trinidad, and... More Info

The Ponca Tribe, Second Edition

Bison Books | June 1, 2010 | 240 pages
The culture of the Ponca Indians is less well known than their misfortunes. A model of research and clarity, The Ponca Tribe is still the most complete account of these Indians who inhabited the upper central plains. Peaceably inclined and never numerous, they built earth-lodge villages, cultivated... More Info

The New Warriors

Bison Books | March 1, 2004 | 346 pages
An indispensable introduction to the rich variety of Native leadership in the modern era, The New Warriors profiles Native men and women who have played a significant role in the affairs of their communities and of the nation over the course of the twentieth century. The leaders showcased include... More Info

The Oglala Sioux

Bison Books | April 1, 2010 | 120 pages
Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) physician Robert H. Ruby arrived on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota to oversee the health needs of the Oglala Sioux tribe during a period of significant transformation and change in federal Indian policies. As Ruby came to know the individuals living on the... More Info

The Lakota Ritual of the Sweat Lodge

Bison Books | August 1, 1999 | 340 pages
For centuries, a persistent and important component of Lakota religious life has been the Inipi, the ritual of the sweat lodge. The sweat lodge has changed little in appearance since its first recorded description in the late seventeenth century. The ritual itself consists of songs, prayers, and... More Info

Coyote Warrior

Bison Books | January 1, 2010 | 344 pages
From White Shield to Washington DC, new Indian wars are being fought by Ivy League-trained lawyers called "Coyote Warriors"--among them a Mandan/Hidatsa named Raymond Cross. Coyote Warrior tells the epic story of the three tribes that saved Lewis and Clark's Corps of Discovery from starvation,... More Info

Mythology of the Blackfoot Indians

Bison Books | January 1, 2008 | 166 pages
Mythology of the Blackfoot Indians, originally published in 1908 by the American Museum of Natural History, introduces such figures as Old Man, Scar-Face, Blood-Clot, and the Seven Brothers. Included are tales with ritualistic origins emphasizing the prototypical Beaver-Medicine and the roles... More Info

Not by the Sword

Bison Books | November 1, 2012 | 360 pages
Originally published: New York: Simon & Schuster, c1995.  More Info

Eagle Voice Remembers

Bison Books | June 1, 2011 | 280 pages
This book was originally published as When the Tree Flowered: An Authentic Tale of the Old Sioux World.  More Info

Bicycling Beyond the Divide

Bison Books | December 1, 2012 | 336 pages
Daryl Farmer, at the time a twenty-year-old two-time college dropout, did what lost men have so often done in this country: he headed west. Twenty years later and seventy pounds heavier, with the yellowing journals from that transformative five-thousand-mile bicycle trek in his pack, Farmer set out... More Info

The Jesus road

Bison Books | May 1, 2002 | 152 pages
In this highly original and moving volume, an anthropologist, a historian, and a Native singer come together to reveal the personal and cultural power of Christian faith among the Kiowas of southwestern Oklahoma and to show how Christian members of the Kiowa community have creatively embraced hymns... More Info

Encyclopedia of the Great Plains Indians

Bison Books | May 16, 2007 | 252 pages
Until the last two centuries, the human landscapes of the Great Plains were shaped solely by Native Americans, and since then the region has continued to be defined by the enduring presence of its Indigenous peoples. The Encyclopedia of the Great Plains Indians offers a sweeping overview, across... More Info

Need for the Bike

Bison Books | January 1, 2003 | 150 pages
A book like no other, Paul Fournel’s Need for the Bike conducts readers into a very personal world of communication and connection whose center is the bicycle, and where all people and things pass by way of the bike. In compact and suggestive prose, Fournel conveys the experience of... More Info

Up from These Hills

Bison Books | October 1, 2011 | 240 pages
Born into a storied but impoverished family on the reservation of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, Leonard Carson Lambert Jr.’s candid memoir is a remarkable story and an equally remarkable flouting of the stereotypes that so many tales of American Indian life have engendered. Up from These... More Info

Counting Coup and Cutting Horses

Bison Books | November 1, 2010 | 272 pages
Counting Coup and Cutting Horses is the comprehensive history of more than 150 years of intertribal warfare between northern Plains tribes and a study of the complex rivalries that prevailed among the Native societies that migrated into and around the region. It is a sweeping drama about the... More Info

All Indians Do Not Live in Teepees (or Casinos)

Bison Books | October 1, 2011 | 408 pages
Both a tribute to the unique experiences of individual Native Americans and a celebration of the values that draw American Indians together, All Indians Do Not Live in Teepees (or Casinos) explores contemporary Native life. Based on personal experience and grounded in journalism, this story begins... More Info

Jackson, Mississippi

Bison Books | November 1, 2011 | 272 pages
This is the gripping story of the civil rights movement in Jackson, Mississippi, told by one of its foremost activists, John R. Salter Jr. In 1961 Salter, then a teacher at Tougaloo Southern Christian College, the private and almost entirely African American school just north of the state capital,... More Info

In the Land of the Grasshopper Song

Bison Books | December 1, 2011 | 316 pages
In 1908 easterners Mary Ellicott Arnold and Mabel Reed accepted appointments as field matrons in Karuk tribal communities in the Klamath and Salmon River country of northern California. In doing so, they joined a handful of white women in a rugged region that retained the frontier mentality of the... More Info

Boarding school blues

Bison Books | September 1, 2006 | 256 pages
An in depth look at boarding schools and their effect on the Native students.  More Info

Eyewitness at Wounded Knee

Bison Books | September 1, 2011 | 232 pages
On a wintry day in December 1890, near a creek named Wounded Knee on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, the Seventh Cavalry of the U.S. Army opened fire on an encampment of Sioux Indians. This assault claimed more than 250 lives, including those of many Indian women and children. The... More Info


Bison Books | October 1, 2004 | 196 pages
Yonnondiofollows the heartbreaking path of the Holbrook family in the late 1920s and the Great Depression as they move from the coal mines of Wyoming to a tenant farm in western Nebraska, ending up finally on the kill floors of the slaughterhouses and in the wretched neighborhoods of the poor in... More Info

Dispossession by Degrees

Bison Books | May 1, 2003 | 224 pages
O'Brien examines the centrality of land in both the transformation and persistence of Indian identity in New England.  More Info