1930 Newbery Honor Book
Original edition out of print but online (with illustrations) here: http://digital.library.upenn.edu/---/place.html
Also republished in paperback in 2008.
Four orphaned children, ranging in age from 17 down to 8, try to claim their legacy from their Uncle Jim by homesteading a claim in South Dakota.
Certainly a product of its time - first published in 1929 - and no longer entirely politically correct (there are a couple of no-no words, etc.). The opening of the reservations to settlement by outsiders was a huge blow for the Native Americans (can you say treaty violation?), and brought about widespread environmental change...but at the same time it was a fantastic opportunity for many people to start new lives.
Overall, a lovely story for someone who grew up with the Little House books, although it was a bit surprising when the kids got driven out to the homestead in a car! Turns out the Rosebud Reservation was opened to settlement starting in 1904, so it's not impossible that someone wealthy and living in town would have had an automobile, although all the labor on the claim is pretty much animal- and human-powered.
There are a couple of maps showing locations from the story here: http://www.sdshspress.com/index.php?...
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