Michigan Indian Boarding School Survivors Speak Out: A Narrative History by Sharon Brunner

Review by Jon C. Stott. “Kill the Indian and Save the Child.” This nineteenth-century “altruistic” motto was used by White government and church officials to explain their “saving” of supposedly inferior native children by inculcating supposedly superior cultural and spiritual values in the children under their care at Indian boarding…

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The Rocks Will Echo Our Sorrow: The Forced Displacement of the Northern Sámi, by Elin Anna Labba

A monochrome book cover featuring a child on a boat with a mountain landscape in the background and the title "the rocks will echo our sorrow: the forced displacement of the northern sámi" by elin anna labba, translated by fiona graham.

Review by Mack Hassler “Therefore it was called Babel because there the  Lord confused the language of all.” Genesis 11:9                                                                        Reading Genesis by Marilynne Robinson (2024) God is, I think, often disappointed in his chosen people as they scatter but never gives up on them.  This beautiful book is…

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The Unsolved Mysteries of Father Marquette’s Many Graves by Jennifer S. McGraw

Review by Tyler R. Tichelaar Jennifer McGraw has compiled a treasure trove of information about Father Marquette’s life, burial, and various unburials and reburials in The Unsolved Mysteries of Father Marquette’s Many Graves. The story of Father Marquette’s graves—yes, multiple graves—ranges from his death in 1675 to the most recent…

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From Indigenous Names to Brockway Mountain — New historical reference books!

Indians and Other Misnomers of the Upper Great Lakes: The True Indigenous Origins of Geographic Place Names, by Phil Bellfy (Modern History Press, Ann Arbor, MI 2023), 154 pages pbk, $25.95. Brockway Mountain Stories: The History of Brockway Mountain Drive and Keweenaw Mountain Lodge, by Paul LaVanway (Mudminnow Press, Copper…

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Three Fires Unity: The Anishnaabeg of the Lake Huron Borderlands by Phil Bellfy

Three fires unity the Anishnaabeg of the lake huron borderlands.

Reviewer: Sharon Brunner Phil Bellfy’s book Three Fires Unity: The Anishnaabeg of the Lake Huron Borderlands provided a revolutionary view of the Three Fires confederacy and a history of multiple Native American tribes, the British, the French and the rising American population. Bellfy has a residence in Sault Ste. Marie,…

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From Lapland to Sápmi: Collecting and Returning Sámi Craft and Culture

From lapland to Sapmi.

Review by Deborah K. Frontiera Throughout human history, stronger civilizations have taken over weaker or indigenous peoples and have then attempted to erase their existence after claiming anything of value. Yet, many of these cultures managed to endure, redefine themselves and, often, demand their culture, artifacts, and rights be returned…

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American Indians and the American Dream: Policies, Place, and Property in Minnesota by Kasey R. Keeler

American Indians and the American dream cover.

Review by Sharon Brunner, MSW Kasey R. Keeler and her book American Indians and the American Dream: Policies, Place, and Property in Minnesota presented a revolutionary view behind the Native Americans’ inability to pursue home ownership in rural, urban and suburban areas in Minnesota as a result of white American…

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