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The Assassination of Hole in the Day

ISBN: 9780873517799 | 0873517792
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Minnesota Historical Society Pr
Pub. Date: 10/15/2010

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On June 27, 1868, Hole in the Day (Bagonegiizhig) the Younger left Crow Wing, Minnesota, for Washington, DC, to fight the planned removal of the Mississippi Ojibwe to a reservation at White Earth. Several miles from his home, the self-styled leader of all the Ojibwe was stopped by at least twelve Ojibwe men and fatally shot.Hole in the Dayrs"s death was national news, and rumors of its cause were many: personal jealousy, retribution for his claiming to be head chief of the Ojibwe, retaliation for the attacks he fomented in 1862, or retribution for his attempts to keep mixed-blood Ojibwe off the White Earth Reservation. Still later, investigators found evidence of a more disturbing plot involving some of his closest colleagues: the business elite at Crow Wing.While most historians concentrate on the Ojibwe relationship with whites to explain this story, Anton Treuer focuses on interactions with other tribes, the role of Ojibwe culture and tradition, and interviews with more than fifty elders to further explain the events leading up to the death of Hole in the Day.The Assassination of Hole in the Dayis not only the biography of a powerful leader but an extraordinarily insightful analysis of a pivotal time in the history of the Ojibwe people." An essential study of nineteenth-century Ojibwe leadership and an important contribution to the field of American Indian Studies by an author of extraordinary knowledge and talent. Treuerrs"s work is infused with a powerful command over Ojibwe culture and linguistics."--Ned Blackhawk, author ofViolence Over the Land: Indians and Empires in the Early American WestAnton Treuer, professor of Ojibwe at Bemidji State University, is the author ofOjibwe in Minnesotaand several books on the Ojibwe language. He is also the editor ofOshkaabewis Native Journal, the only academic journal of the Ojibwe language.

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