The Ft. Larned Incident by Mardi Oakley Medawar
A Tay-bodal Mystery (Tay-bodal Mysteries)

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In 1868, following the signing of the Medicine Lodge Treaty, things are not going well for the Kiowa. Their promised lands went to another tribe, their promised goods have not arrived, and the bored and tense warriors are becoming more and more unruly. When the Indian agent once again fails to live up to his promises, he is run off by the Kiowa and the agent's assistant sends them off to Ft. Larned to receive their annuities.

All the while, Tay-bodal - a healer and member of the Rattle Band - is enduring a personal crisis. A fight with his wife has escalated to the point where he has moved out, his wife is seen with a very eligible bachelor, and divorce seems inevitable. Tay-bodal is therefore not in the best frame of mind he is called upon to investigate a murder amongst the bands. Three Elks, a fond acquaintance of Tay-bodal and son of another chief, has been murdered. The one accused of killing him is a member of the Rattle Band. To make matters worse, the is the same man who has been plotting to steal Tay-bodal's wife. Now, if Tay-bodal cannot put aside his own dislike and prove that the accused innocent - and quickly - then there will be war between the bands, tearing apart what remains of the Kiowa nation.

 

About Mardi Oakley Medawar

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Mardi Oakley Medawar is an Indian activist, a consultant for HONOR (Honor Our Neighbors Origins and Rights) as well as being the Red Cliff Representative for TRIAD (Team Response: Indians Against Defamation). She speaks at reservation schools and colleges. She is the author of several novels and lives on the Red Cliff Reservation in Northern Wisconsin.
 
Published August 10, 2000 by Minotaur Books. 298 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Never mind the white man's reneging on promises and Kiowa warriors ringing the fort, brandishing rifles in one hand and liquor in the other.

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Looking back on his younger days on the Plains, circa 1870, Kiowa doctor and sometime sleuth Tay-bodal focuses as much on tribal customs as he does on murder and attempted murder in his fourth appeara

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