Our History is the Future: Standing Rock Versus the Dakota Access Pipeline, and the Long Tradition of Indigenous Resistance is written by Nick Estes, a citizen of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe and co-founder of Red Nation. Our History is the Future, is the story of a small protest encampment at the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota, which was initially established to block construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline. This protest grew to be the largest Indigenous protest movement in the twenty-first century.
The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich, an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians, is based on the author Louise Erdrich’s grandfather who worked as a night watchman and carried the fight against Native dispossession from rural North Dakota all the way to Washington, D.C. This powerful novel explores themes of love and death with lightness and gravity and unfolds with the elegant prose, sly humor, and depth of feeling of a master craftsman.
My Indian by Saqamaw Mi'sel Joe, LL. D, CM, has been the District Traditional Chief of Miawpukek First Nation since 1983, appointed by the late Grand Chief Donald Marshall. Mi’sel Joe is considered the Spiritual Chief of the Mi’kmaq of Newfoundland and Labrador. The secon author is Sheila O'Neill, B.A., B.Ed., from Kippens, NL, and member of Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation. Sheila is a Drum Carrier and carries many teachings passed down by respected Elders.
When the Light of the World Was Subdued, Our Songs Came Through: A Norton Anthology of Native Nations Poetry is edited by Joy Harjo of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and was named the 23rd Poet Laureate of the United States in 2019; with Leanne Howe, a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma; Jennifer Elise Foerster, a member of the Muscogee Nation; and contributing editors. This anthology gathers the work of more than 160 poets, representing nearly 100 indigenous nations.
In Search of April Raintree is the story of two Métis sisters growing up in Winnipeg, Manitoba. After the girls are removed from their family, they are sent to separate foster homes. Métis writer Beatrice Culleton Mosionier recounts their struggle with loss, violence, racism, and search for identity in this moving narrative. This novel has become an important text in recent Canadian literature. This new critical edition includes the complete text of the novel and ten original essays.
Apple in the Middle by Dawn Quigley, enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Chippewa, is published by North Dakota State University Press and now in paperback. This story is set in Minnesota and the Turtle Mountain Chippewa reservation in North Dakota. Apple Starkington’s mother, a member of Turtle Mountain Chippewa, died after giving birth to her. Growing up with her father and stepmother, and living in upper middle-class suburbia, Apple feels like she doesn’t fit in. She has experienced racism at school when she was called a racial slur for someone of white and Native American descent.
Apple, Skin to the Core: A Memoir in Words and Pictures, is by Eric Gansworth, an enrolled Onondaga writer and visual artist, born and raised at the Tuscarora Nation. The contents of Apple, Skin to the Core, are arranged along the theme of albums: Apple Records, The Red Album, Dog Street - Side A and Side B, Get Back and Liner Notes. Each set tells the story in words and images of his, his family, and his life on and off Dog Street. These are stories of residential schools and its impact, racism, and relationships.
First published in 2000, Angel Wing Splash Pattern is where Richard Van Camp’s love of the short story began. In these stories he demonstrates the range of his talent and the pursuit of excellence in his craft as a writer and storyteller. Richard Van Camp is a proud Tłįchϙ Dene from Fort Smith, NWT. In Angel Wing Splash Pattern Richard Van Camp celebrates life in northern Canada where the stories are playful, moving, and starkly honest in their portrayal of contemporary Indigenous life. There is pain in these stories and there is loss.
Ce n'etait pas nous les sauvages (We Were Not The Savages: A Mi'kmaq Perspective on the Collision between European and Native American Civilizations) is written by Danie N. Paul, Mi'kmaq historian, and translated into French by Jean-François Cyr. The cover artwork is by Leonard Paul. Daniel Paul was born on the Indian Brook Reserve in Nova Scotia. He worked for the Department of Indian Affairs as a District Superintendent of Lands, and also served with the Confederacy of Mainland Micmacs.