Praise for "A Nation within a Nation"
"Laurence Hauptman and Gordon McLester have taken an inner-perspective approach to the modern history of the Oneidas in Wisconsin — a New Indian History. Using voices of the people, this insightful history portrays the ongoing struggle to maintain Oneida sovereignty." —Donald L. Fixico, Distinguished Foundation Professor of History, Arizona State University
"Anyone interested in the Iroquois Oneida story, white-native relations, Wisconsin's past, or upper Great Lakes history will want to own this book. Fortified with lucid introductions by Hauptman and McLester, readers will enjoy exploring this collection of enlightening articles and evocative memoirs. This is a significant and highly readable volume." —Carl Benn, PhD, author of "The Iroquois in the War of 1812" and "Mohawks on the Nile"
"From studies of Wisconsin Oneida military veterans, women's lacemaking, and national engagements with federal Indian policy initiatives, the book offers a refreshing change from the standard 'tribal history' paradigm. The multivocal character of this volume points the way to future collaboratively-based inquiry into the history of Native American nations." —Jon Parmenter, Associate Professor of History, Cornell University
"The Oneidas have confronted more than two hundred years of governmental efforts to absorb their lands and identity. Here, Wisconsin Oneidas chronicle their twentieth-century struggle to turn the tide of this assault and assert their sovereignty as a distinct people. Their experiences are at once sad, inspiring, and illuminating." —John W. Hall, Ambrose-Hesseltine Assistant Professor of U.S. Military History, University of Wisconsin–Madison
"Like most Indian nations, the Oneida were under severe pressure through the middle of the 20th century but experienced a turn-around, especially after federal policy toward Native Americans shifted under Richard Nixon. Going beyond politics, 'A Nation Within a Nation' also shows how the Oneida maintained their integrity as a sovereign people through a network of religious, social and fraternal organizations." —Dave Luhrssen, ExpressMilwaukee.com