Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee Author:Dee Brown Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by American writer Dee Brown is a history of Native Americans in the American West in the late nineteenth century, and their displacement and slaughter by the United States federal government. It was first published in 1970 to generally strong reviews, although scholars criticized it on several grounds. Published at... more » a time of increasing American Indian activism, the book was on the bestseller list for more than a year. Translated into 17 languages, it has never gone out of print.
The title is taken from the final phrase of a 20th-century poem titled "American Names" by Stephen Vincent Benet. The poem is not about the Indian Wars. The full quotation, "I shall not be here/I shall rise and pass/Bury my heart at Wounded Knee," appears at the beginning of Brown's book.