Yellow Earth
    (2020)

    Fiction

    Book

    Call Numbers:
    NEW FICTION/SAYLES,J
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PUBLISHED
Chicago : Haymarket Books, 2020
©2020
DESCRIPTION
416 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN/ISSN
9781642590210, 1642590215, 9781642590210
LANGUAGE
English
NOTES

In Yellow Earth, the site of Three Nations reservations on the banks of the Missouri River in North Dakota, Sayles introduces us to Harleigh Killdeer, chairman of the Tribal Business Council. "An activist in his way, a product of the Casino Era," Killdeer, who is contracted by oil firm Case and Crosby, spearheads the new Three Nations Petroleum Company

When rich layers of shale oil are discovered beneath the town of Yellow Earth, all hell breaks loose. Locals, oil workers, service workers, politicians, law enforcement, and get-rich-quick opportunists--along with an earnest wildlife biologist--commingle and collide as the population of the town triples overnight. Harleigh Killdeer, chairman of the tribal business council of neighboring Three Nations reservation, wants to increase economic opportunity but faces opposition for extolling "sovereignty by the barrel." From casino dealers and geologists to Native activists and high school kids, everyone in the region is swept up in the unsparing wave of an oil boom