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Common book: 2015-2016

Rez Life, David Treuer

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With authoritative research and reportage, Rez Life examines Native American reservation life past and present. Treuer's work weaves history and the present, institutional policy and individual stories in an exploration of family, tribal governance, casinos, wealth and poverty, education, and the preservation of native languages and cultures. This non-fiction selection illuminates misunderstood contemporary issues of sovereignty, treaty rights, and natural-resource conservation.