My capsule review of “Yellow Bird”

Yellow Bird: Oil, Murder, and a Woman’s Search for Justice in Indian Country by Sierra Crane Murdoch

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


A well-written account of a Native American woman who becomes fixated on the disappearance of a white oilfield workers whom she has never met. In her quest to solve the mystery, she must overcome the demons of her past, the politics of her nation, and the role in the death played by her influential uncle.

It’s a crawling story, made difficult by the numerous characters who populate the story. What emerges, however, are two remarkable examples of endurance–by the Native woman who pushes the probe and Ms. Murdoch herself, the journalist who follows the story.

An excellent read and an enlightening glimpse into Native American politics and the white-owned corporations who continue to take advantage of Native peoples.



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By James H Lewis

Pittsburgh, PA author, writer, and nonprofit consultant

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