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It is early spring in 1890 on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation in Southeastern Montana. The Cheyennes are starved for food due to Indian Department corruption, mismanagement, and a shortage of Reservation wild game. When hungry Cheyennes go off theMoreIt is early spring in 1890 on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation in Southeastern Montana. The Cheyennes are starved for food due to Indian Department corruption, mismanagement, and a shortage of Reservation wild game. When hungry Cheyennes go off the Reservation to butcher white settlers’ cattle and a white man is murdered, tensions run high in the area around the Reservation.White settlers are also besieged by two large interstate outlaw gangs operating out of the “Hole in the Wall” country and Jackson Hole in Wyoming. Losing horses by the hundreds and cattle by the thousands, stockman all over Montana and Wyoming are demanding that that something be done to protect their property. Since local law enforcement is overwhelmed, talk of vigilance committee formation is rampant. When a deputy U.S. marshal suspects that these gangs are using the Cheyenne Reservation as a “rest stop” for stolen horses on their way to Canada, the stage is set for a three way confrontation between outlaws, Indians, and white settler vigilantes.A group of prominent Montana citizens join the Custer County Sheriff and appoint 27 year old Willis Rowland, AKA Long Forehead (Cheyenne name), a mixed blood interpreter as an undercover deputy sheriff to collect information on and off the Reservation. Using his dual language skills and knowledge of both cultures, Willis finds clues to the white settler’s murder, and also a gang of white outlaws operating on the Reservation with renegade Cheyenne help. Complicating the picture is the rise of a new religion, the Ghost Dance among the disaffected Cheyennes further fanning white fears and the concern of the U.S. Army at Fort Keogh.During his investigation of the first murder, a second white settler is killed, bringing the Reservation to a high boil which ends with a violent confrontation between the U.S. Army and members of the Cheyenne Tribe. Willis Rowland is called to use all his linguistic skills and knowledge of the White Tribe and the Red Tribe to prevent a “Wounded Knee” like slaughter.While this mystery is a work of fiction, the events are based on historical facts. This is a story which coincidently informs the reader of true Montana history and the 1890 culture clash “Between Two Tribes”.