Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Indians of the Midwest

Indians of the Midwest, by the Newberry Library and the National Endowment for the Humanities, is an exciting source of research information for Midwest and Native research.

"When the American public is presented with media accounts, public policy, and school curriculum concerning Indian people, the reaction may be curiosity, confusion, and even skepticism. How can we obtain a better understanding of such information? This site [Indians of the Midwest] addresses this question by highlighting recent research of scholars who have provided new insights about the cultures and histories of Indian peoples in the Midwest. Academic research can show how modern-day issues have roots in regional history and culture and provide necessary background for understanding contemporary issues.

In the Midwest—defined here as Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio — there are 34 federally recognized tribes and others seeking recognition. Members of these communities generously contributed information about contemporary life. On “Indians of the Midwest,” you can explore seven important issues, learn how to do further research, and gain an introduction to the research methods that underlie scholars’ findings."- Indians of the Midwest

To get an idea of the topics and wealth of information, 
here is a list of the basic pages available:

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