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Yellow Bird: Oil, Murder, and a Woman's Search for Justice in Indian Country

Yellow Bird: Oil, Murder, and a Woman's Search for Justice in Indian Country

When Lissa Yellow Bird was released from prison in 2009, she found her home, the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in North Dakota, transformed by the Bakken oil boom. In her absence, the landscape had been altered beyond recognition, her tribal government swayed by corporate interests, and her community burdened by a surge in violence and addiction. Three years later, when Lissa learned that a young white oil worker, Kristopher "KC" Clarke, had disappeared from his reservation worksite, she became particularly concerned. No one knew where Clarke had gone, and few people were actively looking for him.

Yellow Bird traces Lissa's steps as she obsessively hunts for clues to Clarke's disappearance. She navigates two worlds--that of her own tribe, changed by its newfound wealth, and that of the non-Native oilmen, down on their luck, who have come to find work on the heels of the economic recession. Her pursuit of Clarke is also a pursuit of redemption, as Lissa atones for her own crimes and reckons with generations of trauma.

Titulo:Yellow Bird: Oil, Murder, and a Woman's Search for Justice in Indian Country
Idioma de edición:English
ISBN:9780399589157
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Sierra Crane Murdoch is a journalist based in the American West. She has written for The Atlantic, The New Yorker online, Virginia Quarterly Review, Orion, and High Country News. She has held fellowships from Middlebury College and from the Investigative Reporting Program at the University of California, Berkeley.


    Yellow Bird: Oil, Murder, and a Woman's Search for Justice in Indian Country Comentarios

  • Elle

    I’m torn on how I feel about this book. For what I was expecting, it’s kind of a let down, but for what it ended up being, it’s pretty well-done. Based off of the title, I knew at least part of ...

  • Libby

    3.75 stars - A murder mystery with a very different kind of protagonist, “Yellow Bird” is an analytical study of a man who disappeared from the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in North Dakota in ...

  • Eric

    In Yellow Bird, Sierra Crane Murdoch, details how Lissa Yellow Bird, an Indigenous woman with a troubled past and hard life, has become quite adept when it comes to solving missing person cases. In Ye...

  • Jen Juenke

    I was really looking forward to reading this book.Having grown up in Indian Country, I was eager to read about the murder, the oil, and the reservation.I got half way through this book before deciding...

  • Maureen Caupp

    A well researched story that centers around Lissa Yellow Bird, her determination to find KC and other who have gone missing, and around parts of her life and history. The book also does a great job of...

  • Rincey

    3.5 starsWatch me talk about this book in my August wrap up: https://youtu.be/Scz9G-ptc8c...

  • Jennifer

    The book is interesting enough; but excruciatingly slow. It focuses heavily on Lissa, the woman who obsessively searches for a missing person. It is almost like a biography of sorts which annoyed me b...

  • Creager

    The land of the Dakotas has ever been altered by man; first by immigrating settlers, followed by self-serving dams and its consequent floods, lately though it is by the Bakken oil boom where once agai...

  • Robyn

    The book YELLOW BIRD: OIL MURDER AND A WOMAN's SEARCH FOR JUSTICE IN INDIAN COUNTRY is about Lissa Yellow Bird-Chase who is a self-proclaimed body hunter. She is the founder of the Sahnish Scouts of ...

  • Bethany Bendtsen

    Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for an ARC in exchange for my honest review of this book!In Yellow Bird, Murdoch recounts the story of Lissa Yellow Bird--a forty-something Native woman, mothe...

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