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Around the Sacred Fire

Native Religious Activism in the Red Power Era

A narrative map of the Indian Ecumenical Conference

"In unfolding the account of the Indian Ecumenical Conference, Treat forces the reader to abandon the long-held notion of the Red Power movement as a radical, confrontational, protest movement. . . . Treat does a marvelous job in bringing out the issues involved in this period of Native American religious history."--American Studies International

"A hugely detailed historical, sociological, theological, and personal account of the Indian Ecumenical Conference. . . . Highly recommended."--Choice

"A magnificent job of excavating the history of the ecumenical conference and illuminating key personalities involved."--Journal of American History

"Treat has rescued an important area of Indian activism that has gone virtually unnoticed--the Indian Ecumenical Conference. Gathering scattered documents and conducting personal interviews, he presents an exciting history of efforts by traditional people to offer their own solution to modern social problems."--Vine Deloria Jr., author of God Is Red: A Native View of Religion and Custer Died for Your Sins

"The best book on American Indian religion published in the new millennium."--Christopher Vecsey, author of American Indian Catholics (three volumes)

James Treat is an associate professor of religious studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and the editor of several books, including Writing the Cross Culture: Native Fiction on the White Man's Religion.

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