“Shoot, Minnie, Shoot!”: The Story of the 1904 Fort Shaw Indian Girls, Basketball’s First World Champions

By Happy Jack Feder
A Cedar House Audio Production
Read by Anna Fields

6.57 Hours 04/05/2005 unabridged
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In 1903, over three hundred Indian children from across America lived at the Fort Shaw Indian Boarding School in a remote, isolated valley in Montana. Among the children were a handful of teenage girls, many who had only lived in tepees. They quickly learned to play basketball and resoundingly crushed all opponents, including men’s and women’s university teams. After the games, the girls recited Shelley and Longfellow, played mandolins and violins, sang, danced, and pantomimed. Less than one year after first seeing a basketball, they were crowned the first world champions of basketball at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair. Millions saw them and gained a deeper understanding and love for Indians. This is the story of that team, seen through the eyes of star player Minnie Burton.

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Summary

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In 1903, over three hundred Indian children from across America lived at the Fort Shaw Indian Boarding School in a remote, isolated valley in Montana. Among the children were a handful of teenage girls, many who had only lived in tepees. They quickly learned to play basketball and resoundingly crushed all opponents, including men’s and women’s university teams. After the games, the girls recited Shelley and Longfellow, played mandolins and violins, sang, danced, and pantomimed.

Less than one year after first seeing a basketball, they were crowned the first world champions of basketball at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair. Millions saw them and gained a deeper understanding and love for Indians. This is the story of that team, seen through the eyes of star player Minnie Burton.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“More inspiring than Seabiscuit and Hoosiers! Slamdunk writing! This book is a winner!” Bill Croke, book reviewer for the Wall Street Journal, Washington Times, Sacramento Bee, and the Weekly Standard
“Evocative and moving…reminds the reader of the power of honor, perseverance, and personal vision. An uplifting and inspiring read.” Stan Lynde, author of The Bodacious Kid and Vigilante Moon
“A fascinating book. Filled with history and insight into the human spirit. A truly inspirational story. I recommend this book to all my players.” Robin Slevig, head coach, University of Montana women’s basketball
“Brings to life one of America’s greatest, and most overlooked, sports stories—1904 Fort Shaw Indian School women’s basketball team—and gives us a heroine for the ages, Minnie Burton.” Johnny D. Boggs, Spur Award-winning author
“Anna Fields brings this fictional biography to life with respect and joy. Fields skillfully portrays the various Native American children from a wide variety of tribes…One needn’t be a basketball fan to enjoy this reading.” AudioFile

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Author Bio: Happy Jack Feder

Happy Jack Feder was named at birth after one of Snow White’s seven dwarfs. He lives with his wife and two daughters on the eastern front of the Rocky Mountains in Montana, a few miles from where the 1904 Fort Shaw Indian girls basketball team trained and lived and where he enjoys the magic of the Montana land, history, people, even the wind. He and his family occasionally perform on stage with their juggling act, The Exploding Nuclear Family Jugglers.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Historical
Runtime: 6.57
Audience: Adult
Language: English