Treaty Promises, Indian Reality: Life on a Reserve is a story of triumph over adversity and oppression. In this very personal account of life on an Indian reserve and in residential schools, Harold LeRat, with the assistance of writer Linda Ungar, relates the history of the Cowessess people based on stories told by Elders, research he did in connection with the land surrender, and his own recollections. In many ways, this book provides a look at the Indian reality of the lives of many First Nations peoples and the development of reserves on the Prairies. Anyone interested in the history of the west will appreciate this book. Harold LeRat, a treaty Indian from the Cowessess First Nation, speaks from a wealth of experience, his own and that of his ancestors. He is a farmer/rancher and a horse trainer whose animals have raced on tracks across Canada.