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Dying in Indian Country: A Family Journey from Self-Destruction to Opposing Tribal Sovereignty

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Wilson grew up watching members of his family die of alcoholism, child abuse, suicide, and violence. Like many others, he blamed all the problems on "white people."

Beth Ward grew up in a middle-class home in the suburbs. Raised in a politically left family, she also believed that all problems on the reservation originated with cruel treatment by settlers and the stealing o
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Published June 27th 2012 by WestBow Press (first published June 1st 2012)
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Aluvrianne
Feb 19, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Author mistakes assimilation for equality.
Kim
Sep 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book is an absolute MUST-READ. It's hard reading and several times I had to put it down to go do something else but I always came back because I knew it was important for me to learn from reading this book. ...more
SouthWestZippy
Going to keep this short. What they ware are not "costumes". He was a married man. I stopped reading on page 53 and skimmed the rest of the book. I could care less about what else the woman has to say. ...more
Allison
Jul 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a must read! I originally picked up this book because I am a (white) social worker on a reservation and thought I'd get new insight, but it only took a few pages to realize that anyone and everyone should read this and can learn from the stories and experiences of the family. Our media, classrooms and legal/social services systems present ICWA as a positive law for the most part but the ideas presented in the book made me aware of how the act affects all involved in different ways, ...more
Julie Dye
Feb 15, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Angrier & angrier I got as I read this book. I can't even express my rage at this bible-thumping non-Native "authority" on all things Native due to her expertise from pumping out Native children, whining to her U.S.government over perceived mistreatment of white folks under ICWA. Gross, gross, gross. ...more
Doris Raines
Apr 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
LOVE THIS BOOK.
Linda
Apr 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a tough life to live. So many hardships.
John Bascom
An interesting glimpse from the eyes of an outsider into the American Indian subculture of addiction, dependency and dysfunction. Heartfelt if roughly written, the book gets tedious in its detail and repetitive themes after awhile, but is nonetheless compelling for its story. I've known many people of Native American heritage who are sober, moral, productive and successful. But there is a minority who are reservation oriented who are anything but. This book tells their story from the viewpoint o ...more
Kelly Knapp
Jan 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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When I began this book, I had an outsider's impression of reservation life and indian sovereignty. I learned that those impressions were wrong. First, let me correct the listing by saying that the author of my revised version is Lisa Morris.

The author writes about reservation life and her families struggles to overcome tribal issues with power and eloquence. Honest, but never maudlin, she takes the reader through the alcoholism, abuse, and frustrations that hounded her family until they realized
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Pen name of Elizabeth Morris.

Elizabeth Morris was raised in the Twin Cities, lived on two reservations, a Bible College campus, and in three small towns. Elizabeth and her husband, a member of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, raised their five children and four grandchildren. She has a B.A. in Christian Ministries, Diploma of Bible & Missions, is a Registered Nurse, Chairwoman of the Christian Allia
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