Coming home from Wounded Knee in 1973, married to American Indian movement leader Leonard Crow Dog, Mary was a mother with the hope of a better life. But, as she says, "Trouble always finds me."
Mingling stories of her ancestors with those of her grandchildren, she tells about the breakdown of her marriage, raising children when she wasn't sure where her next dollar would come from, her battle with alcoholism, and her recent happiness. It is a memoir filled with contrast- between the philosophies and lifestyles of whites and those of Native Americans, between the ancient Sioux religion and Christianity, and between the traditional tribal patriarchy and women struggling for a sense of self and freedom. Ohitika Woman is a powerful testament to one woman's spirit and endurance.