Labriola Center National Book Award Lecture with Valerie Lambert
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Join the Labriola National American Indian Data Center for the National Book Award lecture with Valerie Lambert, author of "Native Agency: Indians in the Bureau of Indian Affairs." Register to attend in-person at Hayden Library or online via Zoom.
Published by the University of Minnesota Press in 2022, the book explores the complicated history of the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), the oldest federal agency in the U.S. Department of the Interior.
'Native Agency' work provides an essential national-level look at an intriguing and impactful form of Indigenous resistance. It describes, in great detail, the continuing assaults made on Native peoples and tribal sovereignty in the United States during the twenty-first century and it sketches the visions of the future that Indians at the BIA and in Indian Country have been crafting for themselves.
Valerie Lambert is professor of anthropology at the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill. An enrolled citizen of the Choctaw Nation, she is author of "Choctaw Nation: A Story of American Indian Resurgence," winner of the 2007 North American Indian Prose Award.