RICHIE SWANSON. First Territory


RICHIE SWANSON. First Territory. Sunstone Press. Trade Paperback, 141 pages, $19.95, www.sunstonepress.com.

Washington State has a brutal history regarding relations between the earliest settlers and the Native Americans. Richie Swanson’s book brings this history to life as he follows a young interpreter, Andrew Eaton, whose job is to translate for the governor of Washington Territory as he and his army persuades — read, forces — the tribes to give up their land.

Although the governor’s name in the story differs from the real Isaac Stevens, the manner in which the lands are taken is similar.