Indian Reservation (The Lament of the Cherokee Reservation Indian)
Raiders 1971 Indian Reservation 45

They took the whole Cherokee nation
Put us on this reservation
Took away our ways of life
The tomahawk and the bow and knife

Peak Chart Position
  • No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1971 for one week
  • RIAA certified Platinum record
  • the biggest hit single for the Raiders
  • from the album Indian Reservation (1971)
  • "Indian Reservation" by the Raiders was Columbia Records biggest selling single for almost a decade
  • written by John D. Loudermilk; Loudermilk also wrote "Tobacco Road", a hit for the Nashville Teens in 1964
  • produced by Mark Lindsay
  • originally recorded in 1959 by Marvin Rainwater and released as "The Pale Faced Indian"
  • the first hit version was a cover by Don Fardon, a former member of The Sorrows, that reached No. 20 on the Hot 100 in 1968
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