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Based on events from the life of Erdrich’s grandfather, The Night Watchman is about¬†tribal chairman Thomas Wazhashk’s efforts to fight against the push for Indian termination in 1953, which would have ignored prior U.S.-Native American treaties and resulted in the dispossession of Native American lands.

The Night Watchman
The Night Watchman

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April 2021 Book Club Selection: Moon of the Crusted Snow by Waubgeshig Rice

Moon of the Crusted Snow

Waubgeshig Rice

Moon of the Crusted Snow is a post-apocalyptic novel set in a northern Canadian Anishinaabe community. This story is unique because it is told from an Indigenous perspective that fuses both a contemporary way of life with traditional knowledge. As the power goes out and food begins to become scarce it is the knowledge of hunting, understanding of the land and environment, and the importance of taking care of and protecting community that help the people begin to build a new way of life just as unexpected visitors begin to arrive.

Winter Counts by David Heska Wanbli Weiden

Winter Counts

David Heska Wanbli Weiden

A groundbreaking thriller about a vigilante on a Native American reservation who embarks on a dangerous mission to track down the source of a heroin influx.