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Pipestone: My Life in an Indian Boarding School

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A renowned activist recalls his childhood years in an Indian boarding schoolBest known as a leader of the Indian takeover of Alcatraz Island in 1969, Adam Fortunate Eagle now offers an unforgettable memoir of his years as a young student at Pipestone Indian Boarding School in Minnesota. In this rare firsthand account, Fortunate Eagle lives up to his reputation as a Were al ...more
Paperback, 248 pages
Published March 19th 2010 by University of Oklahoma Press (first published March 2010)
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Rachel Jackson
I'm currently volunteering at a Native American educational nonprofit that either worked with Adam Fortunate Eagle in the past or still does, and although I've never met him, the owners deeply admire him. I knew next to nothing about him before picking up this book, other than what I found Googling around. Of course, most of it was about Alcatraz, and not much of anything at all since then. Still, I decided to give the book a chance and see if it was as interesting as the man behind it seems to ...more
I did not know very much about the government mandated boarding schools for the Native people of North American (and Australia and New Zealand). This autobiographical collection of stories and memories was a little all over the place, but rang so true to a child's perspective, and was very enlightening about this corner of American history.
Adam Fortunate Eagle is probably best known as one of the leaders of the Native American takeover of Alcatraz Island in 1969. In his book, "Pipestone" he goes back to the years between 1935 and 1945 when he lived with his siblings at Pipestone Indian Boarding School in Minnesota.

Adam came into the boarding school system as the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, John Collier, realized that many of the government's policies were not working. Collier enacted new policies that called for non-interferen
marcus miller
An interesting history of the Pipestone Indian Boarding School, Fortunate Eagle chooses a unique way to tell the story of the school. Instead of presenting a standard history of an institution, Fortunate Eagle shares the history of the school from the perspective of a young boy who grows up at the school. If you want a traditional history you will likely be disappointed. But, I think most people will enjoy the quirky approach Fortunate Eagle chooses as you learn what it was like for a child to a ...more
Mar 31, 2015 Jamie rated it 4 of 5 stars
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1st person account that looks at both sides of the Indian boarding school life. Reading it directly after the fictitious Julie of the Wolves made it even more poignant as to how much the Native American life had changed already.
2012 American Indian Youth Literature Award winner for Best Young Adult Book! The stories are real and truthful about the authors experiences in boarding school! I loved this book because it shares stories that many people don't know about boarding schools. It also tells about life after going to school and one families contribution to military service.
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