Thomas King’s The Inconvenient Indian offers a penetrating, provocative look at the history of North American Indian-white relations in North America. It focuses on government efforts to remove and relocate Native peoples and white efforts to exterminate and assimilate them. It contrasts popular perceptions of what King calls “Dead Indians,” the romantic reminders of a largely fictional past (“dignified, noble, silent, suitably garbed”), and “Live Indians,” contemporary and contemptible (“invisible, unruly, disappointing”). And, to explain the complexities of Native resistance and reinvention, it offers a concluding chapter titled “What Indians Want.”

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Welcome to One Book One Northwestern.  Over the summer, copies of Thomas King’s The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America will be delivered to every incoming first-year and new transfer undergraduate.  Additional copies will be made available to hundreds of members of Northwestern’s faculty, staff and student communities, as well as to One Book partners outside the university.  Beginning in mid-September, this section—This Week in One Book—will promote updates about the dozens of One Book events scheduled for the 2015-16 academic year.  For additional information, including photos of OBON events, I encourage you to “like” our Facebook page.  I look forward to meeting many of you at the President’s Convocation on September 20.   

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