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by Victoria Sherrow

Age Range: 10 & up

Pub Date: July 15th, 1994
ISBN: 0-8160-2943-1
Publisher: Facts On File

 As a part of their American Indian Lives series, Facts on File has produced a collection of biographies of important Native Americans dedicated to peace for their tribes. Readers will learn of tribal history and some legends, the conditions in which each person lived, something of his or her life, and the outcome of his or her efforts for peace. A solid introduction presents a good overview of Native American history. Twelve people are profiled from the 1400s to the present, including Seathl, for whom Seattle is named and who tried to calm the conflicts in the Northwest; Cherokee leaders from John Ross to Wilma Mankiller, current chief; and Black Kettle, a Cheyenne who tried for peace but was double- crossed and killed by Custer's men. Sometimes the title ``peacemaker'' is a little stretched, as with Spotted Tail, considered by many Native Americans to have collaborated with white settlers to move the Sioux onto reservations and give away land, or Annie Dodge Wauneka, who crusaded for health legislations for Navajo people but was not a primary force in her tribe's history. Illustrations, mostly old photographs of the people in question, and an annotated bibliography on each ``peacemaker.'' (Collective biography. 10+)