Yellow Bird

Yellow Bird

Oil, Murder, and A Woman's Search for Justice in Indian Country

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"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 no one but his mother was actively looking for him. Unfolding like a gritty mystery, 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 oil workers, down on their luck, who have come to find work on the heels of the economic recession. Her pursuit becomes an effort at redemption -- an atonement for her own crimes and a reckoning with generations of trauma. Yellow Bird is both an exquisitely written, masterfully reported story about a search for justice and a remarkable portrait of a complex woman who is smart, funny, eloquent, compassionate, and -- when it serves her cause -- manipulative. Ultimately, it is a deep examination of the legacy of systematic violence inflicted on a tribal nation and a tale of extraordinary healing"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Random House,, [2020]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780399589157
0399589155
Branch Call Number: 364.1523 Murdoch 2020
364.1523 MURDOCK
364.1523 M974y
Characteristics: 379 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm

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OPL_AnnaW May 01, 2020

Native American history and current life, government corruption, familial drama, and true crime - this fascinating, well-researched book offers something for everyone.


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OPL_AnnaW May 01, 2020

Native American history and current life, government corruption, familial drama, and true crime - this fascinating, well-researched book offers something for everyone.

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brangwinn
Mar 29, 2020

This was meticulously written. As a journalist, Murdoch became interested in the murder of a white man who had come to the North Dakota Reservation during the oil boom. What impressed me most that she was able to treat Lissa Yellow Bird with such integrity. Lissa’s troubled past with drugs could easily be dismissed by many, but not Murdoch. Yellow Bird’s story of how she became obsessed with the murder of this white man shows such dogged determination. Her ability to work “undercover” on Facebook to help solve the problem, her ability to keep track of all the threads she had to follow as she searched and examined evidence marks Yellow Bork as very special person.

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