The Cheyenne Story
An Interpretation of Courage

by Gerry Robinson

published by Gerry Robinson

produced by Sweetgrass Books

  • What should a man do when the army sends him to help kill his wife’s family? His great-great grandson and Northern Cheyenne tribe member, Gerry Robinson, reaches back through time to unravel the emotional and complex story.

    Bill Rowland married into the Northern Cheyenne Tribe in 1850, eventually becoming the primary interpreter in their negotiations with the U.S. government. On November 25, 1876--five months to the day after Custer died at the Little Bighorn--Bill found himself obligated to ride into the tribe’s main winter camp with over a thousand U.S. troops bent on destroying it.

    The Cheyenne Sweet Medicine Chief, Little Wolf, had been to the white man’s cities. He knew how many waited there to follow the path cleared by soldiers who were out seeking revenge for their great loss. He also knew the hot-blooded Kit Fox leader, Last Bull, emboldened by their recent victory and convinced he could defeat them all, posed a dangerous threat from within. Tradition and the protestations of the boisterous young leader prevented Little Wolf's warnings from being taken seriously.

    This is the balanced and compelling story of the ensuing battle—its origins and the devastating results—told beautifully from the perspective of both Little Wolf and his brother-in-law, the government interpreter, Bill Rowland. Pulled from the dark historical shadow of Custer, Crazy Horse, and the Lakota, The Cheyenne Story vividly brings to life the little known events that led to the end of the Plains Indian War and the beginning of the Cheyenne's exile from the only home and lifestyle they had ever known.

312 pages, 6 x 9, 3 map(s), glossary, Perfect Bound

ISBN 10: 1733426604
ISBN 13: 9781733426602


    In a commendable effort to help preserve the Cheyenne language in written word, Gerry Robinson worked closely with tribal elders and Cheyenne cultural leaders to accurately and seamlessly incorporate the endangered language into his text. Robinson's characters use the Cheyenne language in their dialogue, and the reader comes to know and understand its meanings contextually and by employing the accompanying glossary of Cheyenne words and phrases found at the back of the book.





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An Interpretation of Courage

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Raised at the heart of the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation, Gerry Robinson grew up hearing fragmented stories about his ancestors. He then devoted nearly twenty years of his life to researching, traveling the country, and reaching back through time to reclaim his heritage. Robinson is a published historical writer and member of Western Writers of America.  His debut novel, The Cheyenne Story: An Interpretation of Courage, is the first installment of a three volume series.  It is the book many have waited for: a balanced and compelling presentation of Northern Cheyenne history, shared by a member of the tribe and a direct descendant of those involved.

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