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Lost Homeland gives voices to the compelling, little-known story of how the Methow Indians of North Central Washington lost their homeland. Unbeknownst to them, the United States placed their aboriginal territory into the Columbia Reservation in 1879 at the urging of Sinkayuse-Columbia Chief Moses, who had no right to speak for the Methow.
Four years later, as pressure grew to open the region's Indian lands to white settlement, the enormous Columbia Reservation was relinquished. Once again without consultation or consent, the Methow were told they now were one of the twelve tribes of the Colville Reservation.
Set against a background of tumultuous cultural and political change in the region, this poignant account of treachery, greed, arrogance, compassion, bravery, and pride is revealed by author E. Richard Hart, a noted historian and acclaimed expert witness in litigation involving Native american tribes.
"Lost Homeland will immediately become the standard reference for anyone who wants or needs to understand what happened to the original people of the Methow Valley." said author Jack Nisbet