"The Southeastern Indian people found their voices in this work. They are alive and well--still on their land!"--Hiram F. Gregory, coauthor of The Historic Indian Tribes of Louisiana: From 1542 to the Present
"This collection fills a major void in our understanding of recent southern history by offering a wide-ranging selection of southern Indians a chance to speak for themselves, unfiltered, as they strike at the heart of identity: Indian identity, southern identity, and, ultimately, American identity."--Greg O'Brien, editor of Pre-removal Choctaw History: Exploring New Paths
The history of Native Americans in the U.S. South is a turbulent one, rife with conflict and inequality. Since the arrival of Spanish conquistadors in the fifteenth century, Native peoples have struggled to maintain their land, cultures, and ways of life. In We Will Always Be Here
, contemporary tribal leaders, educators, and activists speak about their own experiences fighting for Indian identity, self-determination, cultural survival, and community development. This valuable collection portrays the lives of today's Southern Indians in their own words.
Reflecting on such issues as poverty, education, racism, cultural preservation, and tribal sovereignty, the contributors to this volume offer a glimpse into the historical struggles of southern Native peoples, examine their present-day efforts, and share their hopes for the future. They also share examples of cultural practices that have either endured or been revitalized. In a country that still faces challenges to civil rights and misconceptions about Indian identity and tribal sovereignty, this timely book builds a deeper understanding of modern Native peoples within a region where they are often overlooked. Contributors:
Nanette Sconiers Pupalaikis - Stan Cartwright - Patricia Easterwood- Wanda Light Tully- Framon Weaver- Nancy Wright Carnley- Otha Martin- Marie Martin- Pauline Martin- Nathan Martin- Karla Martin- Kaci Martin- Marvin T. Jones- Shoshone Peguese-Elmardi- Lars Adams- Doug Patterson- Kenneth Adams- Hodalee Scott Sewell- Tony Mack McClure- Cedric Sunray- Brooke Bauer- Donna Pierite- Jean-Luc Pierite- Elisabeth Pierite-Mora- Harold Comby- Tom Hendrix- Michael "T. Mayheart" Dardar- Marcus Briggs-Cloud- Marvin "Marty" Richardson- Dana Chapman Masters- Robert Jumper- Robert Caldwell- Megan Young- Jessica Osceola- Ernest Sickey- Jeanette Alcon- Charles "Chuckie" Verdin- Phyliss J. Anderson- David Sickey- Stephanie Bryan- Malinda Maynor Lowery- Ahli-sha Stephens- Elliott Nichols