This book is a biography of the children of Joseph La Flesche, whose tribal name was Iron Eye. He was the last traditional chief of the Omaha Tribe before the implementation of the tribal council system.
Joseph La Flesche was half French and half Indian, and lived with the Omaha, the Otoe, the Ponca and the Pawnee tribes during his boyhood. Often called by the direct English translation of his Indian name, Iron Eye was the last man to obtain Chiefship of the Omaha Indian Tribe under the age-old rites and rituals. The story of his remarkable family is one part of the history of white men۪'s settlement of the Great Plains.