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By Prof. Gerald Vizenor

Gerald Vizenor used to be a journalist for the Minneapolis Tribune while he stumbled on that his direct ancestors have been the editor and writer of The Progress, the 1st local newspaper at the White Earth Reservation in Minnesota.  Vizenor, encouraged by means of the kinship of 19th century local newshounds, has pursued the same feel of resistance in his reportage, editorial essays, and literary art.
Vizenor finds in Native Liberty the political, poetic, visionary, and ironic insights of private id and narratives of cultural sovereignty. He examines singular acts of resistance, ordinary cause, literary practices, and different recommendations of survivance that keep away from and subvert the terminal notions of tragedy and victimry.
Native Liberty nurtures survivance and creates a feeling of cultural and historic presence. Vizenor, a well known Anishinaabe literary student and artist, writes in a right away narrative kind that integrates own stories with unique shows, comparative interpretations, and reviews of felony matters and historic situations.

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My father and uncles were not hired as indians, but they were counted as indians on the census. Clement was never asked to name his tribe or his proportion of “indian blood” in the United States Census of 1930 on the White Earth Reservation. However, his parents, and other natives, were asked questions on the reservation about identity and native affinity in an earlier national census. My father and his generation were enumerated as indians, the first national 17 unnamable chance 18 census simulation; the votive politics of archive assimilation, and transethnic triage.

Gerald Vizenor has written more books and has gone farther with them than any other native writer,” said Diane Glancy, who presented the honorary citation. “I have permission to create new thought, new words, because of him. I am not stuck without a voice. I can think in ways I had not thought before. In a time when a people were looking for wordage, for place, for re-creation of tribal meaning, for facing the unknown, which you will face as graduates this very afternoon, Vizenor found the imaginative tools with which to speak.

So that if you are compelled to remove your families from the reservation it will amount to the destruction of all you have earned in your life? Yes, sir, the whole of it. . Are you a citizen of the United States? I was born in what is now the State of Wisconsin, said Clement Beaulieu. My mother was a member of the Chippewa tribe, and my father was a Frenchman. I was born before any treaty was made between the Chippewas and the Unites States. The first treaty was made in 1837. No removal of the Indians was made to any tract, but they ceded our land to us.

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