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Ojibwe in Minnesota (People of Minnesota)by Anton Steven Treuer
Synopses & Reviews
With insight and candor, noted Ojibwe scholar Anton Treuer traces thousands of years of the complicated
history of the Ojibwe people—their economy, culture, and clan system and how these have changed throughout time, perhaps most dramatically with the arrival of Europeans into Minnesota territory.
Ojibwe in Minnesota covers the fur trade, the Iroquois Wars, and Ojibwe-Dakota relations; the treaty process and creation of reservations; and the systematic push for assimilation as seen in missionary activity, movernment policy, and boarding schools.
Treuer also does not shy away from today’s controversial topics, covering them frankly and with sensitivity—issues of sovereignty as they influence the running of casinos and land management; the need for reform in modern tribal government; poverty, unemployment, and drug abuse; and constitutional and educational reform. He also tackles the complicated issue of identity and details recent efforts and successes in cultural preservation and language revitalization.
A personal account from the state’s first female Indian lawyer, Margaret Treuer, tells her firsthand experience of much change in the community and looks ahead with renewed cultural strength and hope for the first people of Minnesota.
Anton Treuer is professor of Ojibwe at Bemidji State University and editor of Living Our
Book News Annotation:
Treuer (Ojibwe, Bemidji State U.) documents the history of the Ojibwe people in Minnesota, their cultural practices, challenges presented by settlers, and modern day issues like sovereignty and identity. He describes changes to their economy, culture, and clan system throughout their history and covers the fur trade, the Iroquois Wars, and Ojibwe-Dakota relations; the treaty process and creation of reservations; and the push for assimilation as seen in missionary activity, government policy, and boarding schools. Current issues like casinos and land management, the need for reform in tribal government, poverty, unemployment, drug abuse, cultural preservation and language revitalization, and constitutional and educational reform are also addressed. At the end, the state's first Indian lawyer, Margaret Treuer, relates her experience in the community. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
This compelling, highly anticipated narrative traces the history of the Ojibwe people in Minnesota,exploring cultural practices, challenges presented by more recent settlers, and modern day discussions of sovereignty and identity.
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