Indian Nations of Wisconsin: Histories of Endurance and Renewal (Revised 2nd Edition)

By Patty Loew

Paperback: $24.95

ISBN: 978-0-87020-503-3

Forewords by Paul DeMain and J. P. Leary 208 pages, 142 color and b/w photos, 8 x 9


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From origin stories to contemporary struggles over treaty rights and sovereignty issues, the best-selling "Indian Nations of Wisconsin: Histories of Endurance and Renewal" explores Wisconsin's rich Native tradition. This long-awaited revised edition includes new material reflecting contemporary historical events and initiatives of the twenty-first century, covering the economic, social, and environmental advancements of the Native communities. New chapters are devoted to discussions of urban Indians and the Brothertown Indian Nation.

This unique volume, based on the historical perspectives of the state's Native peoples, includes compact tribal histories of the Ojibwe, Potawatomi, Oneida, Menominee, Mohican, Ho-Chunk, and Brothertown Indians. Patty Loew focuses on oral tradition: stories, songs, the recorded words of Indian treaty negotiators, and interviews, along with other untapped Native sources, such as tribal newspapers, to present a distinctly different view of history. Elders and tribal historians in each of the Native communities participated in the book's development, recommending sources, making suggestions, and offering criticism as the book unfolded. And in two new forewords, Paul DeMain (editor of News From Indian Country) and J. P. Leary (assistant professor of Humanistic Studies: First Nation Studies at UW Green Bay) help readers understand how the history Patty Loew chronicles in "Indian Nations" is everyone's history.

Lavishly illustrated with maps and more than 140 photographs, Indian Nations of Wisconsin is indispensable to anyone interested in the region's history and its Native peoples.

This book is part of the Wisconsin First Nations: American Indian Studies in Wisconsin collection. Developed by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Wisconsin American Indian tribes, Wisconsin Public Television, and the Wisconsin Historical Society, this collection of resources provides educators and pre-service teachers accurate and authentic educational materials for teaching about the American Indian Nations of Wisconsin.

It also assists educators in fulfilling Wisconsin Education Act 31, the statutory requirement that all school districts provide instruction in the history, culture, and tribal sovereignty of the American Indian nations in the state.

CLICK HERE for teaching materialsfor use with the 2nd edition of Patty Loew's seminal work "Indian Nations of Wisconsin." Designed exclusively for educators in the secondary classroom, each chapter is presented through the lens of the "Understanding by Design" lesson plan framework. In addition, these materials have been aligned with both Wisconsin's Model Academic Standards for Social Studies and the Common Core State Standards for Literacy in All Subjects.

Patty Loew is also the author of Seventh Generation Earth Ethics: Native Voices of Wisconsin as well as a book for upper elementary and middle school students, Native People of Wisconsin.

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Note: This book meets and exceeds the requirements of the Wisconsin American Indian Education Act (Act 31).

Patty Loew, Ph.D., is an enrolled member of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe and a recipient of the Outstanding Service Award of the Great Lakes Intertribal Council. She is a professor in the Department of Life Sciences Communication at the University of Wisconsin Madison and affiliated faculty with the American Indian Studies Program. She has written dozens of scholarly and general-interest articles on Native topics and produced several award-winning documentaries that have appeared on commercial and public television stations throughout the country. For twenty years she hosted statewide news and public affairs programs for Wisconsin Public Television.