Part of the American Indian Lives series, this profiles 13 important Native Americans who used their vision, oratory skills, and diplomacy to guide their people through times of deception, relocation, and often near annihilation brought on by land-hungry whites. From Deganawidah and Hayenwatha, founders of the Iroquois League--a democratic confederacy of tribal nations pre-dating the U.S. Constitution by more than 200 years--to Wilma Mankiller, the first woman to serve as principal chief of the Cherokee Nation, they all asked and are still asking for the right for their people to live with dignity and within their traditions. The text is well written, clearly organized, and packed with historical information that still isn't making it into the textbooks. Although the entire work is tremendously moving, each profile can stand alone as background for shorter reports or discussions. Black-and-white portraits accompany each biography. Some territorial maps and trees relating the various tribes and nations would have been helpful, but a detailed index and an extensive annotated bibliography make this an excellent reference source as well as a fascinating, instructive, eye-opening read. A must for multicultural units and collections.