Book Review Of Ojibwe In Minnesota By Anton Treuer

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Ojibwe in Minnesota

Author Anton Treuer wrote Ojibwe in Minnesota in 2010. This book encompassed information about the Ojibwe tribe and how they migrated to Minnesota. The book also includes the Ojibwe involvement in the fur-trade era, the life of the Ojibwe in Minnesota (both past and the present), as well as current community and activism in Minnesota. These are topics that I will discuss in this paper are all ones that I found most interesting within Treuer’s book. Within the topics reviewed in this paper, the reader can gain a good insight as to who the Ojibwe people were and are.
Origins and Migration of Ojibwe to Minnesota

The Ojibwe tribe’s ancestors originated about three to four thousand years ago on the Atlantic coast of the
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In 1924, the Ojibwe people became U.S. citizens with the passage of the Indian Citizenship Act (Treuer 60). Even been granted U.S. citizenship, most Ojibwe people still saw themselves as tribal citizens first and foremost. Some see themselves as dual citizens, both Ojibwe and American citizens. Many Ojibwe people still practice old Ojibwe ways with tribal elections and tend to abstain from participating in voting in municipal, state, and federal elections. The Ojibwe’s interest and trust are within their own tribal governments and some do not want anything to do with the U.S. political systems. There are many reservations within the state of Minnesota, and most Ojibwe people who live within these reservations identify with a specific community more than the reservation that they live on. Not all Ojibwe people live on reservations. Some people do not follow the Ojibwe traditions and live normal Minnesotan life. Each reservation has multiple places with clusters of different families, traditional chiefs, history and cultures practices. “Connection to place is a critical; surviving attribute of the Ojibwe culture,” which can still be seen on reservations today with a strong sense of community shown in many ways among the Ojibwe people in Minnesota (Treuer 60). Almost every community within the Minnesota reservations sponsors a powwow. A powwow is a ceremony that is filled with feasting, dancing, and singing. These powwow’s are proudly attended by most families within the Ojibwe communities along with many other visitors. The care and pride of a community are very evident and powerful at Ojibwe powwow’s. They bring to life the Ojibwe’s culture in the past and present with traditional dress, food, song/dance and special
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