Red Hunters and the Animal People (1904), an early collection of stories for children by Charles Alexander Eastman, a Dakot.a author, was largely viewed by his critical contemporaries as a politically innocuous analogue to Kipling's Jungle Book Stories. hrough consideration of the Dakot.a oral- historical genre of hi tu?ka?ka?pi ("long ago stories") and of Dakot. a peoplehood more broadly, this article proposes an alternative view of Eastman as a resistance writer who cited a long- circulating Dakot. a kinship philosophy to criticize the enduring conditions of United States settler colonialisma-a criticism that would become more pointed in his later, better- known autobiography, From the Deep Woods to Civilization (1915). In viewing Eastman's animal tales as opposed to United States colonialism, we may see more clearly his innovative translations of Dakot. a politics into narratives that both appealed to and challenged United States settler society. hese challenges were made in relation to Dakot. a conceptions of peoplehood, power, and git.