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Rez Life by David Treuer
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May 02, 12

Read on May 01, 2012

A mix of history, law, and family lore. Informative but not too scholarly. Proud. Heartfelt.

The parts I liked best were the descriptions of the north woods. Collecting wild rice. Tapping maple sugar. A little kid snuggling into a warm rabbit-fur blanket.

I also loved the contrasts in scenes. Two examples:

In one, some high school girls have their first experience at a sit-down restaurant. When the waitress comes up to the table to take their order, they think she's intruding on them, looking for a fight. The author writes this in a way that doesn't mock the girls. They're actually charming.

In another scene, Indian guests arrive at a resort/casino for a big pow-wow. They drive luxury cars. They pile their luggage onto bellhop carts, and it's moved up to their rooms, by white hotel employees. The author finds that delicious.

And the way an Indian lawyer explains reserved rights (page 101) is hilarious, if not at all family friendly.
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