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The White Earth Tragedy Ethnicity and Dispossession at a Minnesota Anishinaabe Reservation, 1889-1920 by Melissa L. Meyer

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


The White Earth Tragedy Ethnicity and Dispossession at a Minnesota Anishinaabe Reservation, 1889-1920 by Melissa L. Meyer

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.


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 * Choice * An enduring contribution to Anishinaabe historiography as well as a significant work for the comparative study of indigenous dispossession throughout North America. -Ethnohistory * Ethnohistory * 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 * Western Historical Quarterly *

About the Author

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

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Publication date

1st April 1999


Melissa L. Meyer

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University of Nebraska Press


333 pages


Social issues & processes
Cultural studies



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