In the Footsteps of Our Ancestors

Feb 15th, 2008 | By | Category: 19-3: Beyond Our Names: Uncovering Identity, Media Reviews

FOOTSTEPS OF OUR ANCESTORS COVEREdited by Waziyanatwin Angela Wilson
Living Justice Press (2006)

Review by Antonette McDonald

This book serves as a reference for historical information on the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862, including the hangings of 38 Dakota warriors and the forcible removal of 2,100 men, women, and children to concentration camps.

Our Dakota ancestors are not forgotten: Dakota commemorative marches have taken place in the 21st Century, and personal essays reveal how participants reached the decision to be a part of the memorial walks and how participating affected their lives.  The essays are very personal, self-revealing, thought provoking, and often painful to read. Each individual expresses different reasons for wanting to be a part of the commemorative marches, including honoring Indigenous women, confronting the consequences of colonization, reunification with relatives and the Oceti Sakowin Oyate, accountability for genocide, and healing as a people.

In the Footsteps of Our Ancestors is desirable for all tribal colleges because it has been compiled to educate, promote truth in historical teachings, and encourage healing for all Native nations.

Antonette McDonald (Spirit Lake Dakota and Sahnish) is vice president of Institutional Planning and Library Services at Cankdeska Cikana Community College (CCCC) in Fort Totten, ND. She is mother of four sons and a grandmother. She earned her associate degree from CCCC and her bachelor of science and master of management degrees from University of Mary.

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