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Enduring Nations

Native Americans in the Midwest

Diverse perspectives on midwestern Native American communities

Enduring Nations documents how tribal peoples have adapted to cultural change while shaping midwestern history. Examining the transformation of Native American communities, which often occurred in response to shifting government policy, the contributors explore the role of women, controversial tribal enterprises and economies, social welfare practices, and native peoples' frequent displacement to locations such as reservations and urban centers. Central to both past and contemporary discussions of Native American cultural change is whether Native American identity should be determined by genetics, shared cultural values, or a combination of the two.

Contributors are Bradley J. Birzer, Brenda J. Child, Thomas Burnell Colbert, Gregory Evans Dowd, R. David Edmunds, Brian Hosmer, Rebecca Kugel, James B. LaGrand, Melissa L. Meyer, Lucy Eldersveld Murphy, Alan G. Shackelford, Susan Sleeper-Smith, and Stephen Warren.


"Edmunds has compiled an important synthesis of significant historical themes."--Kansas History

“Excellent for advanced Indian studies courses. Highly recommended.”--Choice

“A major contribution to the literature on the history of native peoples of the Midwest.”--Annals of Iowa

“A solid and needed addition to the historiography of Native peoples in the Great Lakes region.”--Western Historical Quarterly

"A collection of some of the best scholarship on a region that has long had its own identity and Indian history. This collection illuminates and underscores the special quality and distinctive issues that characterize the Native American heartland."--Frederick E. Hoxie, coeditor of Lewis and Clark and the Indian Country: The Native American Perspective

"An exceptional volume, Enduring Nations gives form and substance to Indian-white relations in the Midwest in the absence of a single monograph or synthesis on the subject. This collection provides easy access to significant issues and themes and will be widely adopted for classroom use."--R. Douglas Hurt, author of The Indian Frontier, 1763-1846


R. David Edmunds, Watson Professor of American History at the University of Texas, Dallas, is the author and editor of many books, including The Fox Wars: The Mesquakie Challenge to New France and The Potawatomis: Keepers of the Fire.

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