William W. Warren: The Life, Letters, and Times of an Ojibwe Leader

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U of Nebraska Press, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 244 pages
This is the first full-length biography of William W. Warren (1825-53), an Ojibwe interpreter, historian, and legislator in the Minnesota Territory. Devoted to the interests of the Ojibwe at a time of government attempts at removal, Warren lives on in his influential book History of the Ojibway , still the most widely read and cited source on the Ojibwe people. The son of a Yankee fur trader and an Ojibwe-French mother, Warren grew up in a frontier community of mixed cultures. Warren's loyalty to government Indian policies was challenged, but never his loyalty to the Ojibwe people. In his short life the issues with which he was concerned included land rights, treaties, Indian removal, mixed-blood politics, and state and federal Indian policy. Theresa M. Schenck has assembled a remarkable collection of newly discovered documents. Dozens of letters and other writings illuminate not only Warren's heart and mind but also a time of radical change in American Indian history. These documents, combined with Schenck's commentary, provide historical and contextual perspective on Warren's life, on the breadth of his activities, and on the complexity of the man himself; as such they offer a useful and long-awaited companion to Warren's History of the Ojibway .
 

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Contents

1 Family and Childhood
1
2 Education
11
3 Interpreter
19
4 William W Warren and the Treaty of 1847
35
5 Clerk Farmer Interpreter Author
46
6 The ChippewaSioux Warfare
71
7 The Removal of 1850
82
8 Legislator
98
10 Final Struggles
156
11 Aftermath
173
Letters of William W Warren
177
Published Works of William W Warren
179
Notes
181
Selected Bibliography
197
Index
201
Copyright

9 The Removal of 1851
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Theresa M. Schenck is an associate professor of life sciences communications and American Indian studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is the coeditor of George Nelson’s journal, My First Years in the Fur Trade, and the author of The Voices of the Crane Echoes Afar: The Sociopolitical Organization of the Lake Superior Ojibwa.

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