New Books Network

Mary Kathryn Nagle, “Sovereignty” (Northwestern UP, 2020)
In Sovereignty (Northwestern University Press, 2020) playwright Mary Kathryn Nagle weaves together two stories separated by 170 years but joined by a common dilemma: how can Cherokee people fight for justice under an unjust colonial legal framework? In present-day Oklahoma, Sarah Ridge Polson attempts to bring her abuser to justice... Read More
Walter Johnson, “The Broken Heart of America” (Basic Books, 2020)
St. Louis, Missouri is the city with the highest rate of police shootings in the United States. It’s the city with an 18 year difference in life expectancy between Black and white neighborhoods which stand just 10 miles apart. It’s the city where, after Mike Brown was shot in 2014,... Read More
Nick Estes, “Our History is the Future” (Verso, 2019)
For the second time, Nick Estes has been gracious enough to participate in a New Books Network podcast to discuss his book Our History is the Future: Standing Rock versus the Dakota Access Pipeline, and the Long Tradition of Indigenous Resistance (Verso, 2019). (Listen to Ryan Tate’s interview for New... Read More
Allan Downey, “The Creator’s Game: Lacrosse, Identity, and Indigenous Nationhood” (UBC Press, 2018)
Today we are joined by Allan Downey, Associate Professor of History and Indigenous Studies at McMaster University, and author of The Creator’s Game: Lacrosse, Identity, and Indigenous Nationhood (University of British Columbia Press, 2018). In our conversation, we discussed the origins of lacrosse, the cultural genocide of North America’s indigenous... Read More
Robert Nichols, “Theft Is Property!: Dispossession and Critical Theory” (Duke UP, 2019)
Robert Nichols, an associate professor of political theory at the University of Minnesota, has written an engaging and important examination of the clash between the western theoretical approaches to the idea of property and possession and the understanding of land property and possession held by indigenous peoples in a variety... Read More
Thomas John Lappas, “In League Against King Alcohol” (U Oklahoma Press, 2020)
Many Americans are familiar with the real, but repeatedly stereotyped problem of alcohol abuse in Indian country. Most know about the Prohibition Era and reformers who promoted passage of the Eighteenth Amendment, among them the members of the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU). But few people are aware of how... Read More
A. D. Crosby and M. B. Lykes, “In Beyond Repair? Mayan Women’s Protagonism in the Aftermath of Genocidal Harm” (Rutgers UP, 2019)
In Beyond Repair? Mayan Women’s Protagonism in the Aftermath of Genocidal Harm (Rutgers University Press, 2019), Alison D. Crosby and M. Brinton Lykes draw on eight years of feminist participatory action research conducted with fifty-four Q’eqchi’, Kaqchikel, Chuj, and Mam women to explore Mayan women’s agency in their search for... Read More
Nancy Mattina, “Uncommon Anthropologist: Gladys Reichard and Western Native American Culture” (U Oklahoma Press, 2019)
Protégé of Elsie Clews Parsons and Franz Boas, founder and head of Barnard College’s anthropology department, and a trailblazer in Native American linguistics and anthropology, Gladys Reichard (1893–1955) is one of America’s least appreciated anthropologists. Her accomplishments were obscured in her lifetime by differences in intellectual approach and envy, as... Read More
Shay Welch, “The Phenomenology of a Performative Knowledge System” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019)
In The Phenomenology of a Performative Knowledge System: Dancing with Native American Epistemology (Palgrave Macmillian, 2019), Shay Welch investigates the phenomenological ways that dance choreographing and dance performance exemplify both Truth and meaning-making within Native American epistemology, from an analytic philosophical perspective. Given that within Native American communities dance is... Read More
Claudio Saunt, “Unworthy Republic: The Dispossession of Native Americans and the Road to Indian Territory” (Norton, 2020)
The Trail of Tears, during which the United States violently expelled thousands of Indigenous peoples from their ancestral homelands in the southeast, was anything but inevitable. Nor was it not the only manifestation of the federal government’s hotly debated Indian Removal policy of the 1830s. In his latest book Unworthy... Read More