Had this book for awhile and decided to finally knock it off my list. Author Hoxie looks at the stories of Indian activists and figures that are simply not taught in the US school system unless you take a specific class, have a particular area of study or have a special interest. It's really quite terrible.
Each chapter looks at different people (mostly specific individuals but the fight of the Ojibwe to stay on their land at Mille Lac, Minnesota) and their lives. From their upbringing to what they chose to do plus the historical context and how these individuals were perceived. Some stories are quite sad and it's clear that *many* of the same tactics that one can see being used today towards activists or particular famous figures have been used throughout history, although perhaps not quite in the same form due to the changes in technology and communication.
The information was interesting but the reading was very, very dry and academic. Hoxie's a professor and it shows. While the stories themselves were interesting (especially when placed in context of US history that often ignores these stories), I found the writing really hard to get through. I wonder if maybe I had more knowledge in general it might have helped me.
That said, I don't regret reading it. There are very unfortunate reasons as to why we often don't hear of these struggles and why these names are not as well known to many US people. Just keep in mind that if you're going into this book as a non-specialist you may feel a bit lost/also struggle with it.
I bought it as a bargain book. I'd probably borrow it from the library instead if I did it again but for the right person it probably wouldn't be a bad purchase. I'd also expect it to show up in a syllabus/course/talk on Native Americans, activism, examining the role of the US government, etc.