Rigoberta Menchu was born in 1959 to a poor Indian peasant family in Guatemala. As a teenager she became involved in various social reform programs through the Catholic Church and became an active member of the women's rights movement. Menchu's work as an activist posed such a threat to the established order that she was forced to flee Guatemala in 1981, at which time she expanded her work and co-founded the United Representation of the Guatemalan Opposition (RUOG).
Aboriginal Peoples in Canada provides a current, comprehensive introduction to Aboriginal Peoples in Canada. Now in its 9th edition this introductory Native Studies text offers new content such as urban life, gender issues, the Métis, the Inuit, and global issues relating to Aboriginal Peoples. The book covers the recent changes to the Aboriginal Affairs ministry, the residential school apology, and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The material is presented from the perspective of Native Peoples (as opposed to from the perspective of federal and provincial governments).
Iroquois Land Claims is a collection of nine essays read at a symposium held at Colgate University in April, 1986 to explain the nature and scope of Six Nations Iroquois land rights issues in the United States. An introduction by Christopher Vecsey offers readers an overview of the issues that are the basis for Iroquois land rights. He also offers an overview of the papers presented at the conference.
Truth and Bright Water is an interesting novel by Thomas King about two youths living along the Montana - Alberta border. The small American town is called Truth; and the reserve just across the border is called Bright Water. Cousin Lum tries desperately to wint the Indian Days race and so move away from his abusive parent. Cousin Tesumseh also attempts to understand his family. The easy to read style contains themes of love, betrayal, reconciliation, self-discovery and the search for meaning.