The Red Lake Nation is unique among reservations that share geography with Minnesota, and a new book by historian and author Anton Treuer (BF’08) tells the story. Treuer obtained access to archives and gathered oral histories directly from elders that cover more than four centuries in “Warrior Nation: A History of the Red Lake Ojibwe.”
The book, published by the Minnesota Historical Society Press in the fall of 2015, chronicles tribal efforts to retain its reservation lands, governance and cultural identity throughout history. Today, Red Lake is home to the highest number of Ojibwe-speaking people in Minnesota. Formerly the executive director of Bemidji State
University’s American Indian Resource Center, Treuer only recently returned to his true passion: teaching. He says that in addition to working directly with students on campus, he also looks forward to participating in the university’s outreach to engage students—including those in elementary, middle and high schools—across the broader region.
Treuer’s engaging stories resonate with students of all ages. “There will be a lot of people who will tell you to spread your wings, but I encourage you to explore your roots,” he often tells youth. “We have 10,000 years of history in this place and continue to make history. Our culture, the way we look at the world, our language, our connection to this land, is who we are.”