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Book of note.

The book: This Indian Country: American Indian Activists and the Place They Made

The author: Dr. Frederick E. Hoxie, history and law professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a founding trustee of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the American Indian

What it's about: Hoxie delves into 200 years of history to trace the political and social activism of American Indians who fought to protect their communities and lands from expansionism and pushed for the right to self-government. Hoxie cites the works of such activists as James McDonald, a Choctaw and the first American Indian to practice law in the United States, and author Vine Deloria Jr., a Standing Rock Sioux who sought to change how White Americans viewed his people.

Why read it: Americans tend to see American Indians as "brave, exotic and dead," Hoxie noted in an interview with his school's media department. "There are so many stories of American Indians who were inventive, were creative, who didn't surrender, but who did something other than die on a battlefield."

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Title Annotation:spectrum; 'This Indian Country: American Indian Activists and the Place They Made'
Author:Davis, Crystal
Publication:Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Article Type:Book review
Date:Mar 28, 2013
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