To Be the Main Leaders of Our People: A History of Minnesota Ojibwe Politics, 1825-1898 [NOOK Book]

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In the spring of 1868,people from Ojibwe villages located along the upper Mississippi River were relocated to a new reservation at White Earth, more than 100 miles to the west. In many public declarations that accompanied their forced migration, these people appeared to embrace the move, as well as their conversion to Christianity and the new agrarian lifestyle imposed on them. Beneath the surface piety and apparent acceptance of change, however, lay deep and bitter political divisions that were to define ...
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To Be the Main Leaders of Our People: A History of Minnesota Ojibwe Politics, 1825-1898

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Overview

In the spring of 1868,people from Ojibwe villages located along the upper Mississippi River were relocated to a new reservation at White Earth, more than 100 miles to the west. In many public declarations that accompanied their forced migration, these people appeared to embrace the move, as well as their conversion to Christianity and the new agrarian lifestyle imposed on them. Beneath the surface piety and apparent acceptance of change, however, lay deep and bitter political divisions that were to define fundamental struggles that shaped Ojibwe society for several generations. In this volume, the Ojibwe "speak for themselves", as their words were recorded by governmental officials, Christian missionaries, fur traders, soldiers, lumberman, homesteaders, and journalists.
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Examines the political relations between the Minnesota Ojibwe and the white settlers, as well as amongst themselves. The author relays the words of the Ojibwe who were involved in the politics of the time, via records kept by government officials, Christian missionaries, fur traders, homesteaders, and journalists. The result is a mix of history and oral tradition that recounts the alliances, disagreements, and armed conflicts that typified the era. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780870139321
  • Publisher: Michigan State University Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2012
  • Series: American Indian Studies
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Rebecca Kugel is Associate Professor of History, University of California, Riverside.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
Ch. 1 "You Don't Do Us Any Good At All By Being Here": The Uncertain Beginnings of the Ojibwe-American Alliance; 1825-1837 19
Ch. 2 "We Did Not Understand It So": Political Division Becomes a Resistance Strategy; 1838-1868 55
Ch. 3 "In Religion and Other Things I Ought To Be The Main Leader of My People": The Ojibwe Reassess An Alliance; 1852-1882 101
Ch. 4 "[W]e Can Get Along Better Than You Think": The Ojibwe Adapt to Changing Times, 1880-1900 139
Ch. 5 "They Show Their Disposition Pretty Plain": Civil and War Leadership in Symbiosis at Leech Lake, 1870-1900 167
Epilogue 199
Selected Bibliography 203
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