Death at Lame Deer

by Forest B. Dunning

published by Forest B. Dunning

produced by Sweetgrass Books

  • It is early spring of 1890, and the Northern Cheyenne are starving. Corruption within the Bureau of Indian Affairs, mismanagement of funds and resources, and a shortage of wild game lead to an act of desperation. Hungry Cheyenne hunters leave their reservation to poach settler's cattle, a white man is killed, and tensions between the Cheyenne, local law enforcement, and white ranchers quickly escalate. A young mixed-blood interpreter, Willis Rowland, known among the Cheyenne as Long Forehead, is deputized by a group of prominent white Montanans and the Custer County sheriff to secretly collect information about the Cheyenne community. Using his knowledge of both cultures and languages, Willis begins uncovering clues about the murder, and in the process discovers a gang of white outlaws hiding out on the reservation. When a second white settler is murdered, the simmering tensions boil over, leading to a violent clash between the U.S. Army and the Northern Cheyenne.

    Based on years of research, Forest Dunning's Death at Lame Deer is a riveting historical mystery that brings a long-forgotten chapter in Montana history vividly back to life. Previously published as Between Two Tribes, this new edition has been substantially revised to reflect new information and cultural insights surrounding the tragic events it depicts.

360 pages, 45 b/w photos, 5 illustrations, 10 map(s)

ISBN 10: 1591522684
ISBN 13: 978-1591522683





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Forest B. Dunning is a retired rancher living in Sheridan, Wyoming. Raised in Birney, Montana, near the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation, he has been a student, cowboy, soldier, financial advisor, purebred cattle rancher, cattle buyer, and author. He is a graduate from New Mexico State University with a bachelor's degree in Agricultural Economics and from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College with a master's degree in Military Science. After successful careers as a U.S. Army officer (retired lieutenant colonel) and a civilian financial advisor, Forest returned to his roots and bought a cattle ranch near Sheridan. He has long had a love for Montana and Wyoming history and historical fiction. Noting that much of local history has been overlooked, he has devoted his writing skills to the preservation of history in southeastern Montana, northern Wyoming, and the Northern Cheyenne Tribe.

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