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Learn about American Indian heritage

Rez Life by David Treuer is available at the Detroit Lakes Public Library. Submitted Photo

November is American Indian Heritage Month, which is very fitting considering Thanksgiving is also this month.

Who doesn't remember being taught in grade school about the Native

Americans and the Pilgrims sitting down together for the first Thanksgiving?

Your library has materials on the history and culture of the first Americans, including works on that first harvest feast. The staff at Detroit Lakes Library would like to wish you all a "Happy Thanksgiving."

"Holding Our World Together: Ojibwe Women and the Survival of Community," by Brenda J. Child.

In this well-researched and deeply felt account, Brenda J. Child, a professor and a member of the Red Lake Ojibwe tribe, gives Native American women their due, detailing the many ways in which they have shaped Native American life.

She illuminates the lives of women such as Madeleine Cadotte, who became a powerful mediator between her people and European fur traders, and Gertrude Buckanaga, whose postwar community activism in Minneapolis helped bring many Indian families out of poverty.

Moving from the early days of trade with Europeans through the reservation era and beyond, Child offers a powerful tribute to the courageous women who sustained Native American communities through the darkest challenges of the past three centuries.

"Rez Life: An Indian's Journey Through Reservation Life," by David Treuer.

With authoritative research and reportage, Treuer illuminates misunderstood contemporary issues of sovereignty, treaty rights, and natural-resource conservation.

He traces the waves of public policy that have disenfranchised and exploited Native Americans, exposing the

tension that has marked the historical relationship between the United States government and the Native American population.

Through the eyes of students, teachers, government administrators, lawyers, and tribal court judges, he shows how casinos, tribal government, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs have transformed the landscape of Native American life.

Library Happenings

• Monday, Nov. 12: Detroit Lakes Library will be closed in observance of Veterans Day.

Tuesday, Nov. 13: The Beat Goes On: Minnesota Musician, Dan "Daddy Squeeze" Newton, 10:30 a.m.

Dan "Daddy Squeeze" Newton, master accordionist, enjoys mixing up styles and genres that don't generally seem compatible. "Music out of context," or "Ethno-clectic Bop" is the result of his experiments with Celtic, Tex-Mex, Creole, Blues and more. Programming is sponsored by Lake Agassiz Regional Library and supported in part with money from the Minnesota Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.

• Thursday, Nov. 15 and Saturday, Nov. 17: Storytime at 10:30 a.m.

• Thursday, Nov. 15: Kids! I Spy Puzzle Making, 3:45 to 5 p.m.

Make an I Spy creation. Heavy paper and an assortment of pictures and small items will be provided. Participants will build the puzzles and then they will be photographed to make an "I Spy" picture book. There will be snacks and door prizes.

Library Hours: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Thursday and Friday 10

a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; closed Sunday.

Library Hours

Regular hours for the Detroit Lakes Library are Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is closed on Sundays.

For more information on Detroit Lakes Library services and programs, please call 218-847-2168 or visit the library at 1000 Washington Ave.

Information is also available online at

Detroit Lakes Library is a branch of Lake Agassiz Regional Library.