James M. McClurken is an ethnohistorian specializing in Great Lakes
Native Americans in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He has
published numerous books on North American Indian history and t...
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Our People, Our Journey
The Little River Ottawa Band of Indians
Winner: 2010 Michigan Notable Book Award
Winner: 2009 Michigan Historical Society State History Award
Our People, Our Journey is a landmark history of the Little
River Band of Ottawa Indians, a Michigan tribe that has survived to
the present day despite the expansionist and assimilationist
that nearly robbed it of an identity in the late nineteenth century.
In his thoroughly researched chronicle, McClurken
documents in words and images every major lineage and family of the
Little River Ottawas. He describes the Band's struggles to find land
to call its own over several centuries, including the hardships that
began with European exploration of what is now the upper Midwest.
Although the Little River Ottawas were successful at integrating
their economic and cultural practices with those of Europeans, they
were forced to cede land in the face of American settlements.
McClurken explains how the Little River Band was forced,
in 1858, onto a reservation on the Pere Marquette and Manistee
where they settled with a number of other Ottawa bands. However, the
very treaty intended to provide the Grand River Ottawas with a
permanent reservation "homeland" eventually allowed non-Indians to
acquire title to nearly two-thirds of the land within the
List of Illustrations
In Memory of Margaret Chandler
Land beneath the Trees
Introduction: The Analytical Paradigm
Chapter 1. When the Europeans Came
Chapter 2. Kinsmen and Confederates
Chapter 3. Coexistence and Conquest
Chapter 4. The Will of the Grand Council
Chapter 5. "Civilizing” the Ottawas
Chapter 6. "Strong Titles" and the Government "Swan"
Chapter 7. "Not a Tent, a Wigwam, nor a Camp Fire..."
Chapter 8. New Communities, Established Leaders
Chapter 9. A "Great Excitement among the Indians"
Chapter 10. Accidents of History
Chapter 11. The Opposite of Intentions
Chapter 12. The Council of Ogemuk
Chapter 13. On the Outskirts
Chapter 14. Teaching the Children
Chapter 15. A Small Victory
Chapter 16. Community Councils to Business Committees
Chapter 17. A Desperate Decade
Chapter 18. New Deal, Renewed Hope
Chapter 19. No One’s Responsibility
Chapter 20. The Whole of the Holst Report
Chapter 21. "Indian Problems"
Chapter 22. "An 'Advocate' and 'Attorney for the People'"
Chapter 23. Decades of Success and Political Evolution
Chapter 24. Distinct, Separate, and Sovereign
Chapter 25. Constructing a New Government
Chapter 26. An Ancient Community, a New Century
Index of Tribal Councils and Ogemas since Reaffirmation (1994)
List of Abbreviations Used in the Notes and References
Illustrated with vintage and other photographs.
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403 pp., 6.00" x 9.00", March 2009
Illustrated with vintage and other photographs, maps.Index.World rights
403 pp., 8.5 " x 11 ", March