On Being Here to Stay: Treaties and Aboriginal Rights in Canada by anthropologist Michael Asch, professor emeritus in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Alberta, offers readers and examination of the numbered treaties in a unique manner. He asks the questions: What, other than numbers and power, justifies Canada’s assertion of sovereignty and jurisdiction over the country’s vast territory? Why should Canada’s original inhabitants have to ask for rights to what was their land when non-Aboriginal people first arrived?
Gchi-kwiiwin gdawmi is the Ojibwe language edition of We Are All Treaty People. It is the 34-page illustrated history produced by the Union of Ontario Indians to promote their understanding of treaties for all people in Ontario. Written in English by Maurice Switzer, with coloured drawings by Charley Herbert, the book offers students and educators a brief look at the history of treaties from the Anishinabek perspective in the Ojibwe language. Translator is esteemed linguist Shirley Williams.
Mohawk Interruptus: Political Life Across the Borders of Settler States by Kahnawake Mohawk scholar Audra Simpson is a welcome addition to the recently released books by Ongwehowe thinkers. Audra Simpson is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Columbia University where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Anthropology. She is the recipient of fellowships and awards from Fulbright, the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation, Dartmouth College, the American Anthropological Association, Cornell University and the School for Advanced Research (Santa Fe, NM).
Speculators in Empire: Iroquoia and the 1768 Treaty of Fort Stanwix by William J Campbell, assistant professor of history at California State University, explores the Six Nations Iroquois-British diplomacy leading up to this historic treaty. At the 1768 Treaty of Fort Stanwix, the British secured the largest land cession in colonial North America. Crown representatives gained possession of an area claimed but not occupied by the Iroquois that encompassed parts of New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Kentucky, and West Virginia.
Reading the Wampum: Essays on Hodinöhsö:ni’ Visual Code and Epistemological Recovery by Penelope Myrtle Kelsey, professor of English at the University of Colorado at Boulder, is the 2014 publication in the Syracuse University Press series, The Iroquois and Their Neighbors. Reading the Wampum offers an academic consideration of the ways in which these sacred belts are reinterpreted into current Haudenosaunee tradition.
Strange Visitors: Documents in Indigenous-Settler Relations in Canada from 1876 is the essential reference book about the interaction between First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Peoples with settler society told in primary documents. History professor Keith D. Smith , Chair of the Department of First Nations Studies at Vancouver Island University, selected a diverse selection of documents including letters, testimonies, speeches, transcripts, newspaper articles, and government records to highlight Indigenous primary sources from 1876 to 2007.
Red Power Rising: The National Indian Youth Council and the Origins of Native Activism traces the origins of the Red Power movement of Native Americans to the student activism of the National Indian Youth Council (NIYC), founded in Gallup, New Mexico, in 1961. The main goals of this organization were principles of tribal sovereignty, self determination, treaty rights, and cultural preservation. The main characters in the development of this youth organizations were Clyde Warrior, Shirley Hill Witt, Mel Thom, Bruce Wilkie, and Hank Adams.
'Clearing the Plains: Disease, Politics of Starvation, and the Loss of Indigenous Life' is a compelling history of the role of government-sponsored policy that lead to the overwhelming loss of life of Indigenous People of the Plains region from the late 1700s to the late 1800s. This is the new edition of the 2013 work with the title 'Clearing the Plains: Disease, Politics of Starvation, and the Loss of Aboriginal Life (ISBN 9780889773400).