The Assassination of Hole in the Day

The Assassination of Hole in the Day

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by Anton Treuer
     
 

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Explores the murder of the controversial Ojibwe chief who led his people through the first difficult years of dispossession by white invaders—and created a new kind of leadership for the Ojibwe.

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Explores the murder of the controversial Ojibwe chief who led his people through the first difficult years of dispossession by white invaders—and created a new kind of leadership for the Ojibwe.

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Through the prism of the 1868 assassination of tribal leader Hole in the Day the Younger, also known as Bagone-giizhig, Treuer (Ojibwe, Bemidji State Univ.; Ojibwe in Minnesota) illuminates the political history of Hole in the Day's people during the 19th century in America. Beginning with the chieftainship of Bagone-giizhig the Elder, the author details the evolution of Ojibwe diplomacy with other native groups and the federal government. He carefully details these relationships to contextualize Ojibwe intratribal rivalries to demonstrate how their traditional clan- and heredity-based political structure quickly eroded without a stable political system to replace it. The resulting leadership vacuum allowed the rise of an elite mixed-blood business class who acted in their own interests. Their conflicts with Hole in the Day the Younger led to their hiring full-blooded Ojibwes to kill him in order to hide their involvement. VERDICT This highly recommended work provides insights into the challenges faced by native peoples during an era when they were under intense pressure by the federal government to move to reservations. It is a complex story presented in language that is accessible to lay readers as well as specialists.—John Burch, Campbellsville Univ. Lib., KY

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ISBN-13:
9780873517799
Publisher:
Minnesota Historical Society Press
Publication date:
10/15/2010
Edition description:
1
Pages:
295
Sales rank:
485,707
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

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