The White Earth Tragedy: Ethnicity and Dispossession at a Minnesota Anishinaabe Reservation, 1889-1920 / Edition 1

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This compelling interdisciplinary history of an Anishinaabe community at the White Earth Reservation in Minnesota offers a subtle and sophisticated look at changing social, economic, and political relations among the Anishinaabeg and reveals how cultural forces outside of the reservation profoundly affected their lives.

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Editorial Reviews

Western Historical Quarterly

"Melissa Meyer combines historical methods with approaches from sociology, anthropology, and economics to produce a thought-provoking account of the evolution and development of a single reservation community. . . . Rather than focusing solely on Indian/white relations, as historians have often done in the past, Meyer highlights the relations between conservative Anishinaabe bands and . . . ‘mediators’ [of mixed descent]. In doing so, she reveals the diversity within the White Earth Anishinaabe community. . . . Meyer’s meticulously researched case study is one of the most significant contributions to the field of Indian history in recent years."—Western Historical Quarterly

"An enduring contribution to Anishinaabe historiography as well as a significant work for the comparative study of indigenous dispossession throughout North America."—Ethnohistory
"A rich history of the Anishinaabe . . . This is not a history of Indian policy, but rather the story of an ethnic community in all its complexities, contradictions, and subtleties."—Choice

"A rich history of the Anishinaabe . . . This is not a history of Indian policy, but rather the story of an ethnic community in all its complexities, contradictions, and subtleties."—Choice
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803282568
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 333
  • Sales rank: 1,447,785
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Meet the Author

Melissa L. Meyer is an associate professor of history at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Introduction 1
Ch. 1 Anishinaabe Migrations and the Genesis of White Earth Communities 9
Ch. 2 Signatures and Thumbprints: Community and Ethnicity at White Earth 69
Ch. 3 Jack Pine, White Pine, and Porcupine: The Alienation of Resources 137
Ch. 4 Warehousers and Sharks: The Social and Economic Bases of Political Factionalism 173
Ch. 5 "We Can Not Get a Living as We Used To": Assimilation Gone Awry 203
Conclusion 225
Epilogue: "White Earth Is Not for Sale" 229
Notes 237
Bibliographic Essay 297
Index 315
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