The Bitter Waters of Medicine Creek Alfred A. Knopf, $28.95

the_bitter_waters_of_medicine_creekRichard Kluger re-creates the 1853-54 conflict between whites and Puget Sound Indians in The Bitter Waters of Medicine Creek.

The little remembered conflict is a near-perfect example of the theft of Indian lands, this time by the Medicine Creek Treaty. The protagonists in this one-sided contest were Chief Leschi of the Nisqually Indians and Washington Territory’s greedy Gov. Isaac Stevens

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