NOBODY LOVES A DRUNKEN INDIAN by Clair Huffaker
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NOBODY LOVES A DRUNKEN INDIAN

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...? Well you will. This one. Introducing ""the toughest, most uneducated, incorrigible renegade on the reservation,"" Flapping Eagle, who leads the last Indian uprising (""revolution"") and manages to take over the entire city of Phoenix, Arizona for ""five beautiful seconds."" It all started with homegrown hooch and a sick child. ""Flap"" decides to stop the bulldozer that's keeping the little girl awake so he pretends that they are desecrating an Indian burial ground. A fight...end of bulldozer. That's just the start of hilarious adventures as Flap and his cronies (including Eleven Snowflake who writes this) decide to bring the plight of the Indian to the attention of the nation. There's Flap stealing 7/8ths of a train out from between the engine and the caboose... Flap banished by the Uncle Tom tribal council... Flap riding old ""H-Bomb"" and lassoing a helicopter and finally that triumphant procession to the courthouse steps with a plane smoke-signalling (sky writing) ""PHOENIX SURRENDER!"" overhead. Done up in prose that would make a white man redfaced, it's a wacky, wildly funny/touching plea for the civil rights of the Indian. NAACP, watch it; You've got competition! And so does Little Big Man.

Pub Date: Sept. 25th, 1967
Publisher: McKay