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Yellow Bird: Oil, Murder, and a Woman's Search for Justice in Indian Country

Author: Sierra Crane Murdoch

Genre: Mystery

NOVEL SUMMARY

The gripping true story of a murder on an Indian reservation, and the unforgettable Arikara woman who becomes obsessed with solving it–an urgent work of literary journalism.

“I don’t know a more complicated, original protagonist in literature than Lissa Yellow Bird, or a more dogged reporter in American journalism than Sierra Crane Murdoch.”–William Finnegan, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Barbarian Days.

When Lissa Yellow Bird was released from prison in 2009, she found her home, the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in North Dakota, transformed by the Bakken oil boom. In her absence, the landscape had been altered beyond recognition, her tribal government swayed by corporate interests, and her community burdened by a surge in violence and addiction. Three years later, when Lissa learned that a young white oil worker, Kristopher “KC” Clarke, had disappeared from his reservation worksite, she became particularly concerned. No one knew where Clarke had gone, and few people were actively looking for him.

Yellow Bird traces Lissa’s steps as she obsessively hunts for clues to Clarke’s disappearance. She navigates two worlds–that of her own tribe, changed by its newfound wealth, and that of the non-Native oilmen, down on their luck, who have come to find work on the heels of the economic recession. Her pursuit of Clarke is also a pursuit of redemption, as Lissa atones for her own crimes and reckons with generations of trauma. Yellow Bird is an exquisitely written, masterfully reported story about a search for justice and a remarkable portrait of a complex woman who is smart, funny, eloquent, compassionate, and–when it serves her cause–manipulative. Drawing on eight years of immersive investigation, Sierra Crane Murdoch has produced a profound examination of the legacy of systematic violence inflicted on a tribal nation and a tale of extraordinary healing.

Chapters list

# Chapter name Last Updated
1 Yellow Bird: Oil, Murder, and a Woman's Search for Justice in Indian Country – Chapter 1: The Brightest Yellow Bird | Part 1 05/04/2020
2 Yellow Bird: Oil, Murder, and a Woman's Search for Justice in Indian Country – Chapter 1: The Brightest Yellow Bird | Part 2 05/04/2020
3 Yellow Bird: Oil, Murder, and a Woman's Search for Justice in Indian Country – Chapter 2: Missing | Part 1 05/04/2020
4 Yellow Bird: Oil, Murder, and a Woman's Search for Justice in Indian Country – Chapter 2: Missing | Part 2 05/04/2020
5 Yellow Bird: Oil, Murder, and a Woman's Search for Justice in Indian Country – Chapter 3: Oil Kings 05/04/2020
6 Yellow Bird: Oil, Murder, and a Woman's Search for Justice in Indian Country – Chapter 4: The Great Mystery | Part 1 05/04/2020
7 Yellow Bird: Oil, Murder, and a Woman's Search for Justice in Indian Country – Chapter 4: The Great Mystery | Part 2 05/04/2020
8 Yellow Bird: Oil, Murder, and a Woman's Search for Justice in Indian Country – Chapter 5: What Good Is Money if You End Up in Hell | Part 1 05/04/2020
9 Yellow Bird: Oil, Murder, and a Woman's Search for Justice in Indian Country – Chapter 5: What Good Is Money if You End Up in Hell | Part 2 05/04/2020
10 Yellow Bird: Oil, Murder, and a Woman's Search for Justice in Indian Country – Chapter 6: The Flyer | Part 1 05/04/2020
11 Yellow Bird: Oil, Murder, and a Woman's Search for Justice in Indian Country – Chapter 6: The Flyer | Part 2 05/04/2020
12 Yellow Bird: Oil, Murder, and a Woman's Search for Justice in Indian Country – Chapter 7: The Church 05/04/2020
13 Yellow Bird: Oil, Murder, and a Woman's Search for Justice in Indian Country – Chapter 8: What She Broke 05/04/2020
14 Yellow Bird: Oil, Murder, and a Woman's Search for Justice in Indian Country – Chapter 9: Sarah 05/04/2020
15 Yellow Bird: Oil, Murder, and a Woman's Search for Justice in Indian Country – Chapter 10: The Search | Part 1 05/04/2020
16 Yellow Bird: Oil, Murder, and a Woman's Search for Justice in Indian Country – Chapter 10: The Search | Part 2 05/04/2020
17 Yellow Bird: Oil, Murder, and a Woman's Search for Justice in Indian Country – Chapter 11: The Gunman 05/04/2020
18 Yellow Bird: Oil, Murder, and a Woman's Search for Justice in Indian Country – Chapter 12: Confessions | Part 1 05/04/2020
19 Yellow Bird: Oil, Murder, and a Woman's Search for Justice in Indian Country – Chapter 12: Confessions | Part 2 05/04/2020
20 Yellow Bird: Oil, Murder, and a Woman's Search for Justice in Indian Country – Chapter 13: Us Against the World | Part 1 05/04/2020
21 Yellow Bird: Oil, Murder, and a Woman's Search for Justice in Indian Country – Chapter 13: Us Against the World | Part 2 05/04/2020
22 Yellow Bird: Oil, Murder, and a Woman's Search for Justice in Indian Country – Chapter 13: Us Against the World | Part 3 05/04/2020
23 Yellow Bird: Oil, Murder, and a Woman's Search for Justice in Indian Country – Chapter 14: The Badlands | Part 1 05/04/2020
24 Yellow Bird: Oil, Murder, and a Woman's Search for Justice in Indian Country – Chapter 14: The Badlands | Part 2 05/04/2020
25 Yellow Bird: Oil, Murder, and a Woman's Search for Justice in Indian Country – Chapter 15: Trial | Part 1 05/04/2020
26 Yellow Bird: Oil, Murder, and a Woman's Search for Justice in Indian Country – Chapter 15: Trial | Part 2 05/04/2020
27 Yellow Bird: Oil, Murder, and a Woman's Search for Justice in Indian Country – Chapter 16: The Body 05/04/2020
28 Yellow Bird: Oil, Murder, and a Woman's Search for Justice in Indian Country – Chapter 17: Shauna 05/04/2020
29 Yellow Bird: Oil, Murder, and a Woman's Search for Justice in Indian Country – Chapter 18: What They Say We Loved 05/04/2020
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