About the Author
Paul VanDevelder (1951- ) has been an investigative reporter, photo-journalist, and documentary filmmaker for more than twenty years. His award-winning work has appeared in The New York Times, National Geographic Traveler, Audubon, Esquire, and the Seattle Times. As a syndicated columnist through the High Country News Service, he focuses his writing on natural resources, public lands, and Indian Country. In 2002, VanDevelder was honored by the Native American Journalists Association for the best feature story by a non-Native. He has also received multiple awards from the Society of Professional Journalists.
His most recent film, Journey to Medicine Wheel, was honored as the Best Documentary Feature at the American Indian Film Festival in 1998. His book, Coyote Warrior: A Man, Three Tribes, and the Trial that Forged a Nation, was published by Little, Brown and Company in 2004 and issued in paperback by the University of Nebraska Press in 2005. According to Audubon reviewer Robert Braile, Coyote Warrior “holds a mirror up to postcolonial America itself.” Coyote Warrior has won praise from Native America as well: Debra Utica Kroll of Native Peoples Magazine called Coyote Warrior “compelling, outrageous, and triumphant.” His latest book, Savages and Scoundrels: The Untold Story of America's Road to Empire through Indian Territory, won the 2011 Frances Fuller Victor Award for General Nonfiction, sponsored by the Oregon Book Awards. An educational website based on the book Savages and Scoundrels is available.
The author lives with his family in Corvallis, Oregon.
Coyote Warrior: A Man, Three Tribes, and the Trial that Forged a Nation
When Congress seized the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara homelands at the end of World War II, tribal chairman Martin Cross, the great-grandson of chiefs who fed and sheltered Lewis and Clark through the bitter cold winter of 1804, waged an epic but losing battle against the federal government. As floodwaters rose behind the massive shoulders of Garrison Dam, Raymond, the youngest of Martin's ten children, was growing up in a shack with dirt floors and no plumbing or electricity, wearing clothes made from flour sacks. By the time he was six, his people were scattered to the slums in a dozen distant cities. Raymond ended up on the West Coast. Far from the homeland of their ancestors, he and his siblings would hear that their father had died alone and broken on the windswept prairie of North Dakota. At his father's graveside, Raymond discovered the solitary path he was destined to follow.
After Stanford and Yale Law, he returned to the land of his ancestors to
take up his father's fight against the federal government. Raymond's remarkable journey led him back to the same U.S. Congress his father battled forty years before and into the hallowed chambers of the U.S. Supreme Court.
In the tradition of A Civil Action, and J. Anthony Lukas's Common Ground, Coyote Warrior tells the epic story of the three tribes that saved the Corps of Discovery from starvation, their century-long battle to forge a new nation, and the extraordinary journey of one man to redeem a father's dream — and the dignity of his people.