News From Native California Volume 31, Issue 3 - Page 30

THE MODOC WAR: A STORY OF GENOCIDE AT THE DAWN OF AMERICA’S GILDED AGE Robert Aquinas McNally University of Nebraska Press, 2017, 432 pp, $34.95 the bare-bones story of the Modoc War, also known as the Lava Beds War, is one of institutionalized genocide and land theft in the name of Manifest Destiny. The fleshed- out version reveals the complexities of human nature while demonstrating how little has changed regarding relations between Indigenous peoples and the U.S. government. Rob- ert McNally’s book, aptly titled The Modoc War, falls into the latter category. McNally, author or coauthor of nine nonfiction books, is known for his vivid, information-laden writing style. His telling o H\YYۙX]Y[H[[H[B[]Y]\\^HX\H[YܛXKSܙYۈܙ\[ N ̂[ N \YHܛKH\ܚX[[\]]X[H[KBXY\وHۙX8'HZ^Y \XHY]][[\Xܙ]HYX[[Y\X[ܝ[ۈو\\]YH[ܙ\KBX[]H\Y]][[^Y\H][Hۙ][ܙB[H]HX]^Z[HKH[\Y\]\[Y^Y\]H[X[HX][H\YYYZ[Y[\\Hۙ[[YHXH[˜H\]X[ۙY\\[H\XXXX[B[ X[ ZY[ X]Y][[]\[&]][Bܘ\Z\[]\[ ^HXY[H\XB\^K'B]\[\\وH[\\ۈH][ۘ[\ݙ\YHوH[YK[\H[[ۚ^Y\œ]YH[XX\\܈Y[XYZ[HYY\\[\H[KH][ܚ[Y\™Y]ܚX[ۈH[Y\YH8'[]H\]H[XX\HوH[X[\X\'H\ۚX[KH]H] B\[ݙ\Y[Y\\\]]YH\H]Y\B[XX\H^HڙXY۝]]\ˈ][YBX\و]\[K[Y\X[Y[\[[B܈[Y[%] [][YH[Y[\[\8'B[]Y]\ݙ\Y[\XY[X[]HXB[ۙH[[H\\[H[H\'BH[]Y[[Y\ۈ[X\[K\[X] [X\Z\[[H[\[ۈو\Y\˜[]H]\[X[Y]H[H[B]Y [^H\H[H[X]\\][ۈ]H[X][XZ[Z]]H][ۜˈH[[H[X]\\]Y[H]HZYY[[\H[[XZ[Y\[H[Z[X[ XӘ[Hܚ]\Y\X[^HH[[H[X]\H[[ZY\[HHUUHSQPB]Y]YH\XY[[X\˜\]]ܜˈH[\ܚXY[H\B\YوYHܛ\[H[H[[›XY\\وY[ Xۘ[YY\Z[XHB]\K[]X[H۝[Y[ݙHH[X]\\B][ۋY[[\[YH܈ۙ][ۜ›وH\\][ۈ܈Z\YHۈH]\]Y\H\Y\و][\HHKˈ\^H[Z[KBX[Y[Z]\[ݙHH[[HXH\\B][ۈ܈^\Z[]H[KH\\[Y[H[Z\X[و[Y\\H\Y\\ܚ[Z[[˜[[Y H\]ܜ\HܘY۝H]X\]”\\][ۈ[ZXK\H^HYZ[[]HقH [[\[YYX[HZ\YHBݙ\Y[ [[\ ͌Y\XӘ[x&\H[\\\B\و[Y\X\^H\ܚX[XX[[X]X\[ۋ]X[[Y\\[]][ۜZ[BX\[[\[H]HY