Novelist Louise Erdrich examines what happens when crimes are committed on Native American reservations, a decidedly non-fictional problem, through the eyes of her fictional protagonist, a 13-year-old boy named Joe. Jeff Brown talks to Erdrich about her novel 'The Round House,' set on the N.D. reservation of the Ojibwe tribe.
Louise Erdrich reads from her novel, 'The Round House,' which was nominate for a National Book Award.
Louise Erdrich's grandfather led a fight against the American government s policy of Indian termination from the 1940s to the 1960s. The policy granted Native Americans the rights and privileges of citizenship, but ended the recognition of tribal sovereignty, tax exemption and trusteeship of Indian reservations.
Louise Erdrich on why ancestral history is central to the existence of Native Americans, and why protecting that history is so important
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