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Book Review
Eminent Domain: The 400 Year Battle Against Native Americans for Every Square Mile of North America
Monday, February 09 2009
 
Written by Dudley C. Gould Southfarm,
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eminent_domain.jpgAfter the War for Independence, the stage was set for wholesale theft of Indian lands, for all Indians bore the stigma, real or presumed, of being enemy because many in the North and the South, including the Six Nations, aided the British.They were told they had been on the losing side and according to white man’s customs must surrender territory as reparation. Eminent Domain documents the theft of North America by deceitful Europeans and their descendants from Native peoples. Had the Indians banded together and hired a smart international lawyer, had there been one, it would have done them no good for there was no international judge or jury such as The World Court and UN Security Council. They were doomed by the white men's arms, diseases and dishonesty to lose everything.


Proud to Be an American—Native American Indian
Monday, February 09 2009
 
Written by Jeanne Marie Larimer-Adams and Jasa L. Bowser-Shaw,
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proud_to_be_an_american.jpgLarimer-Adams is an award winning author and jewelry designer, a personal life coach, mother of three, and grandmother of five. Jeanne is  involved in facilitating workshops/seminars throughout the USA and Canada. She won 1st place awards 2006/2007 for her self-help book,”A Journey into Your Spiritual Connection”. She describes this book as a journey of discovering and harnessing your intuition and enhancing your life.
What Does Justice Look Like? The Struggle for Liberation in Dakota Homeland
Monday, February 09 2009
 
Written by Waziyatawin, Ph.D.,
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what_does_justice_look_like.jpgA passionate and unyielding voice for justice, Waziyatawin, Dr. Angela Wilson, advocates for Minnesota Truth vs. Minnesota Nice. This book is first of all a terse and eloquent recapitulation of Minnesota history in relation to the Dakota, in other words, it is a clear eyed and sorrowful account of genocide. Waziyatawin uses the loaded word genocide with a careful explanation of its accuracy. She is painstaking in her efforts to bring clarity to a divisive subject. It is so important for Indigenous people in Minnesota, whatever their tribal origins, to stand together. For that reason, I hope that Waziyatawin’s ideas can be separated from any personal issues with other tribal people — some of which are recounted in this book. Considering our mutual history, we should all rise above the small, the petty, the all-too- human ways that tribal people are forced to struggle with each other for recognition by the power brokers in a dominant  culture.Waziyatawin’s forceful recommendations for reparation, if adopted, could make Minnesota a leader in the difficult task of integrating the ugly truths of history into an understand of this state’s, and this country’s, relationship with Indigenous People. Acknowledging the truth makes a people stronger, not weaker.As a specific example,Waziyatawin compares Fort Snelling’s disgraceful “fun fort” self-depiction with the somber reality that imbues other concentration camps and Holocaust memorials. The compelling facts about Fort Snelling include the sacred nature of the land itself, and the fact that it is filled with the marked and unmarked graves of Dakota ancestors, including women who starved themselves to death out of grief, women raped by soldiers, children and elders dead of sicknesses that raged through the fort. Minnesotans also hanged Dakota leaders on that earth. And so when Waziyatawin quite reasonably advocates returning the Fort to the Dakota to do with as they decide, it would seem an act of unquestionable justice. It seems, in fact, a great idea. Nobody who reads this book will ever drive to the airport again without seeing the devastated woman on the cover – a young woman interred in what became a death camp in the winter of 1862-63. If Fort Snelling was to become a Dakota garden and ceremonial ground, the young woman’s thousand mile stare would at last rest with the living. — Review by Louise Erdrich


Women and Warriors of the Plains: The Pioneer Photography of Julia E. Tuell
Monday, February 09 2009
 
Written by Carol A. Markstrom,
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empowerment_of_north_american_indian_girls.jpgOk, so this one isn’t new but I couldn’t resist. As a Native photographer, I pride myself on knowing most of the old time photographers who documented the plains Indians. I had never heard of this woman or this book, so I was suprised to see it in a Mountain Press catalog. I had to order it and find out what it was all about. Imagine my excitement when I opened the book to find photographs of Plains Indians that I had never seen before. It was like a gift from the past. Unlike the posed photographs of Eastman, these photos are more what today we call “candid”. Just  eople going about their daily activities. Unfortunetly the book is a medium sized paperback, with paper of ordinary quality – meaning the  hotographs are small, dull and sometimes a bit fuzzy. Which makes to hard to decide whether the photograph is out of focus, or if it’s the paper and resolution that make it look fuzzy. Still, its a treat to look through the photos; examining the detailsand faces, outfits and tipis, landscapes and structures of a world gone by but still held close to our hearts. As these photographs aren’t widely known, nor the photographer (at least  ot that I am aware of) I would think this book could use a reprint on high end paper in big format.What a treasure that would be. Still worth adding to your collection in its current form. – Review by Catherine Whipple


Warriors in Uniform: The Legacy of American Indian Heroism
Monday, February 09 2009
 
Written by Herman J. Viola and Ben Nighthorse ampbell National Geographic,
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warriors_in_uniforn.jpgThis illustrated history covers the last Confederate general—a Cherokee—to lay down his arms; the code talkers who used tribal languages to help win World War II; the first Native American woman to give her life as a soldier; those serving in Iraq today; and many others. Spiritual and gripping, this book reveals how ancient traditions of war persevere and how the “warrior” designation is a great honor to the Native American community. Full of first person accounts and a stunning gallery of never-before-seen artifacts from personal collections. Former senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell and other distinguished Native Americans contributed to the collection.
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