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Introduction: colonialism, agency and power Part I. Conquest: 1. 'Vilest Miscreants of the Savage Race': the Plains Sioux in an empire of liberty 2. 'Five Efforts to Subjugate Them': failures of conquest 3. 'Doubtless an Unauthorized Promise': the politics of the Great Sioux war 4. 'Force is the Only Thing': the killing of Crazy Horse Part II. Colonialism: 5. 'We Were Raised in This Country': claiming place 6. 'I Work So Much It Makes Me Poor': the reservation economy 7. 'Just as Well with My Hair On': colonial education 8. 'All Men are Different': the politics of religion and culture 9. 'Great Trouble and Bad Feeling': government agents and Sioux leaders 10. 'Enough to Crush Us Down': struggles for Land Part III. Anticolonialism and the State: 11. 'When the Earth Shakes Do Not Be Afraid': the Ghost Dance as an anticolonial movement 12. 'To Bring My People Back into the Hoop': the development of the Lakota Ghost Dance 13. 'The Most Serious Indian War of Our History': the army's invasion 14. 'If He Fights, Destroy Him': the road to Wounded Knee 15. 'A Valley of Death': Wounded Knee Conclusion: after Wounded Knee.