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Rez Life: An Indian's Journey Through Reservation Life (2012)

by David Treuer

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Through historical accounts and depictions of reservations across the U.S. in the present-day, David Treuer reveals the ways in which reservation life has been for Native Americans simultaneously tragically bleak and yet surprisingly hopeful. The number and variety of laws and regulations regarding taxes, the use of natural resources, education, courts and self-government, are remarkably complex, and it was personally eye-opening to learn how reservations function on some level almost as sovereign nations, with many citizens opting to travel abroad on reservation passports rather than a U.S. passport. Though there is some repetition and errors that should have been caught by Treuer's editors, this is an important book, especially for fellow Minnesotans. ( )
  ryner | Feb 10, 2017 |
Got about one-third of the way through and knew it just wasn't going to happen. Seemed simultaneously hurried regarding history, and also plodding. Not very engagingly written ( )
  abbeyhar | Nov 8, 2016 |
This book does an excellent job of explaining the physical, legal, and congressional abuse suffered by many Native Americans. It gives a tiny glimpse into the lives of people living on the reservations, but that sliver wasn't enough to satisfy my need for understanding. Very good book! I really needed to know the history behind the distrust and hate and this book helped. ( )
  breakingbooks | Aug 13, 2014 |
Rez Life: An Indian's Journey Through Reservation Life by David Treuer is part memoir, part interview, and part history of the Ojibwe and the Leech Lake Reservation.

Individually these pieces of Ojibwe life are well written, fascinating views into a piece of Native American culture. Where the book falters is in its organization. With little or no segue, the narrative jumps around through memoir, interview and history.

This book would be best suited for readers familiar with the Ojibwe and / or Northern Minnesota. There's not enough by way of introduction or logical structure to aid the uninitiated reader. I would recommend reading this book in conjunction with other texts. ( )
2 vote pussreboots | Jul 20, 2013 |
Novelist David Treuer examines Native American reservation life--past and present--illuminating misunderstood contemporary issues of sovereignty, treaty rights, and natural-resource conservation while also exploring crime and poverty, casinos and wealth, and the preservation of native language and culture.
  ICIK_PSU | Apr 28, 2012 |
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Celebrated novelist David Treuer has gained a reputation for writing fiction that expands the horizons of Native American literature. In Rez Life, his first full-length work of nonfiction, Treuer brings a novelist’s storytelling skill and an eye for detail to a complex and subtle examination of Native American reservation life, past and present.

With authoritative research and reportage, Treuer illuminates misunderstood contemporary issues of sovereignty, treaty rights, and natural-resource conservation. He traces the waves of public policy that have disenfranchised and exploited Native Americans, exposing the tension that has marked the historical relationship between the United States government and the Native American population. Through the eyes of students, teachers, government administrators, lawyers, and tribal court judges, he shows how casinos, tribal government, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs have transformed the landscape of Native American life.

A member of the Ojibwe of northern Minnesota, Treuer grew up on Leech Lake Reservation, but was educated in mainstream America. Exploring crime and poverty, casinos and wealth, and the preservation of native language and culture, Rez Life is a strikingly original work of history and reportage, a must read for anyone interested in the Native American story.

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Novelist David Treuer examines Native American reservation life--past and present--illuminating misunderstood contemporary issues of sovereignty, treaty rights, and natural-resource conservation while also exploring crime and poverty, casinos and wealth, and the preservation of native language and culture.… (more)

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