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review 2017-06-22 13:30
Killers of the Flower Moon: Oil, Money, Murder and the Birth of the FBI - David Grann

This is horrific, the exploitation, the murders for profit and the terrible, horrible, attitude to Native Americans...

 

I was both speechless and wanting to talk to everyone about it. 

 

In the late 19th and early 20th Century the Osage Indians had oil under the reservation and that meant money, lots of money. Overlay that with an attitude that said that the Osage (and most Native Americans) were little more than children, don't regulate the situation and you create a situation where greed will cause problems.  This situation lead to the death of several people and the main story in this followed one family. One family whose deaths broke the silence about the situation and ended with just one person left alive, her husband and a relative of his in jail for murder and a community shattered.  Along with the beginning of the FBI as it is now this is an interesting argument for oversight by third parties of vulnerable people, of how power can corrupt and about how equality has to be for everyone.

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