Book/Media Reviews

Stories Through Theories/Theories Through Stories: North American Indian Writing, Storytelling, and Critique

May 13th, 2011 | By | No Comments »

Edited by Gordon D. Henry Jr., Nieves Pascual Soler, and Silvia Martínez-Falquina Michigan State University Press: East Lansing (2009) Review by Ryan Winn Stories Through Theories/Theories Through Stories is an invaluable text for scholars and courses that examine the relationship between American Indian writing and literary theory. Equal in ambition to Louis Owens’s seminal work, (more)

Dragonfly Dance

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By Denise K. Lajimodiere Michigan State University Press (2010) Review by Ryan Winn Denise Lajimodiere’s debut poetry collection, Dragonfly Dance, is an engaging read, and her words and imagery resonate long after the last page is turned. Through her crisp and unblinking eye, readers explore stories and histories of the author, her people, and the (more)

Tribal Policing: Asserting Sovereignty, Seeking Justice

Feb 15th, 2011 | By | No Comments »

By Eileen Luna-Firebaugh University of Arizona Press (2007) Review by Michael W. Simpson Professor Eileen Luna-Firebaugh’s experience with tribal courts and policing are revealed in this book, along with her academic work. Law students and lawyers wanting to know more about tribal jurisdiction and how to advise tribal authorities will find it useful. It should (more)

The American Indian: Past and Present (6th edition)

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Edited by Roger L. Nichols University of Oklahoma Press (2008) Review by Bradley Shreve Roger L. Nichols’s classic book, The American Indian: Past and Present, has been in use since the first edition appeared in 1971. Now in its sixth edition, Nichols’s book remains as relevant as ever. Much of the reason is because Nichols (more)

Broken Landscape: Indians, Indian Tribes, and the Constitution

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By Frank Pommersheim Oxford University Press (2009) Review by Michael W. Simpson In a previous book, Braid of Feathers: American Indian Law and Contemporary Tribal Life (1995), Frank Pommersheim provided an inside-out view of federal Indian law. In Broken Landscapes, he provides an outside-in look at what has gone wrong within federal Indian law at (more)

How Race Survived U.S. History: From Settlement and Slavery to the Obama Phenomenon

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By David R. Roediger Verso (2008) Review by Michael W. Simpson With current claims of a post-racial United States and the increasing use of colorblind racism by a power elite, this book comes at an important time. It reminds us that while “the Cadillac of white supremacy has undergone centuries of model changes,” there have (more)

Ghost Dances and Identity: Prophetic Religion and American Indian Ethnogenesis in the Nineteenth Century

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By Gregory E. Smoak University of California Press (2006) Review by Bradley Shreve When most of us think of the Ghost Dance, we invariably conjure up images of the Lakota and the massacre at Wounded Knee on that cold December day in 1890. Gregory Smoak’s recent book, Ghost Dances and Identity, shows that the religious (more)

Conservation Refugees: The Hundred-Year Conflict between Global Conservation and Native Peoples

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By Mark Dowie MIT Press (2009) Review by Dr. James J. Garrett This book investigates and documents the role that international conservation groups play in designating global “ecological hotspots” and then in some cases effecting removal of the original inhabitants to create so-called “protected areas.” Mark Dowie illustrates how fortress conservation, the total exclusion of (more)

Extra Indians

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By Eric Gansworth Milkweed Press (2010) Review by Ryan Winn Eric Gansworth’s fourth novel, Extra Indians, opens with Vietnam veteranturned- truck driver, Tommy Jack McMorsey, and his ill-fated attempt to help a misguided Japanese tourist survive her quest to find the lost treasure of the film, Fargo. The consequences of Tommy Jack’s helpfulness lead to (more)

Tradition and Culture in the Millennium: Tribal Colleges and Universities

Nov 15th, 2010 | By | No Comments »

Edited by Linda Sue Warner and Gerald E. Gipp Information Age Publishing (2009) Review by Michael W. Simpson When speaking before classes or other groups, I always try to include something about one of the most incredible developments in my lifetime: the creation and growth of tribal colleges and universities (TCUs). Higher education history books (more)