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Seasons of ChangeLabor, Treaty Rights, and Ojibwe Nationhood$
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Chantal Norrgard

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781469617299

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469617299.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Seasons of Change

Chantal Norrgard

University of North Carolina Press

This introductory chapter sets out the book's purpose, which is to explore two key dimensions of Ojibwe history, looking particularly at labor and tribal sovereignty. Beginning with the negotiation of treaties in the mid-nineteenth century and ending with Ojibwe life during the Great Depression, it traces the role that labor played as a historically shifting dynamic shaped by Ojibwe struggles with colonialism. It charts Ojibwe efforts to retain their autonomy under the increasingly difficult conditions presented by containment on reservations, the dispossession of their lands, federal Indian policy focused on eliminating their traditional ways of life, and state encroachment on their treaty rights. It examines how Ojibwes enacted their sovereignty around the axis of labor. An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.

Keywords:   Ojibwe history, labor, colonialism, autonomy, sovereignty

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