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by Jim Northrup
Dirty Copper, the prequel to Walking the Rez Road, tells the story of Luke Warmwater, an Anishinaabe soldier, as he returns to the Reservation after serving in Vietnam. Once again, Luke is torn between duty and morality as he becomes a deputy sheriff on the Rez and sees firsthand the war raging below the appearance of peace.
Paperback, 176 pages
Published July 1st 2014 by Fulcrum Publishing
(first published September 10th 2013)
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Aug 14, 2014 Nancy Steinle gummel rated it it was amazing · review of another edition
Dirty Copper by Jim Northrup is a first read win and om given my honest opinion. Luke Warmwater is a Native American who happens to be a Vietnam Marine Veteran. He return to the reservation from a construction job in Ohio. His parents live in Sawyer on the res. He's offered a job as deputy for Carlton County which he accepts. He's the first native American and there is much prejudice. He starts as jailer which books the prisoners, checks on them and mans the radio. He's sent to school in Duluth ...more
Apr 15, 2015 Tuck rated it really liked it
anishnaabe vietnam vet returns to usa and his reservation and becomes a cop, then gets job with county mounties, then city cops. this story deftly points out the black hearth of dirty cops and their (typical?) repugnance for anything approaching fairness, justice, or service, using this as a workable allegory to usa euro trash in general and the history of north america and indians since 1492. author northrup uses humor and tradition to poke the beast and inform readers.
Northrup's an Anishinaabe Vietnam veteran, best known for his newspaper column and short stories about life on and around the reservation. He gave an absolutely spell-binding keynote at LZ Lambeau, the welcome home event for Vietnam vets sponsored seven or eight years ago by the Green Bay Packers, the Wisconsin native nations, and Wisconsin Public TV/radio. This novel incorporates aspects of Anishinaabe life, vet experience of flashbacks and bad dreams, and slice-of-life style sections on the pr ...more
This is the story of Luke Warmwater, an Anishinaabe and former marine, Vietnam Nam vet. Or is this Jim Northrup's Vietnam Nam story implanted into character Luke Warmwater? In either case, we follow Luke from his return to the Rez in his role as Deputy in Carleton County near Duluth to becoming a police officer in a very corrupt force in Waukegan Illinois to an interesting role as investigator in the Waukegan Public Defender's Office. On the Rez, the white people hated him because he was Native ...more
Intelligent and thoughtful look into the life of a Native American Vietnam Veteran who can never leave the war behind as he struggles to make his way in a very bigoted world as a county sheriff and then small city cop. Vignettes of life and the people he works alongside of, learning that the only people who truly have his back in police work are fellow Marine veterans. Engaging and thoughtful.
Jim Northrup was a Native American columnist, author, poet, and playwright.More about Jim Northrup...