Published March 27, 2017
“The Sitting Bull Affair”
By Robert Stewart
Hardcover | 6 x 9in | 456 pages | ISBN 9781480837140
Softcover | 6 x 9in | 456 pages | ISBN 9781480837157
E-Book | 456 pages | ISBN 9781480837164
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MONTREAL – Harassed by U.S. troops after the conclusion of the Battle of the Little Bighorn, Sitting Bull and his followers – roughly 2,500 Sioux – sought refuge in Canada. They crossed at Cypress Hills near Fort Walsh, a North-West Mounted Police post that was under the command of Major James Walsh. Walsh promised to help the Sioux with food and ammunition – strictly for hunting. Although Americans wanted the Sioux back and Canadians wanted them to go back, the Canadian government was bound by its promise to grant refuge to Native Americans as long as they obeyed the law.
“The Sitting Bull Affair: A Documentary Novel” (published by Archway Publishing) by Robert Stewart touches upon the wars against the Sioux and other tribes in the late 19th century. The book specifically depicts Sitting Bull and his followers’ actions subsequent to the Battle of the Little Bighorn.
“Harassment of minorities is current and ongoing with parallels of the situation of the story in conditions today,” Stewart said. He wanted readers to gain “an appreciation of the delicate political situation between Canada and America, and the unique relationship between Sitting Bull and Major James Walsh.”
Stewart, a Canadian passionate about his country’s history, was born in Northern Ontario, but spent most of his life in Montreal. Stewart has also written “Sam Steele: Lion of the Frontier,” “The Trail Breakers: The Red Birds’ Ski Club,” “Labrador: The World’s Wild Places.” In his journalism career he worked for Canadian newspapers, Dow Jones and Time Magazine. He was editor of the Royal Bank of Canada Letter, and wrote articles on a variety of topics including history, travel and fishing, for several Canadian magazines. “The Sitting Bull Affair” is being published posthumously.