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Published in Great Plains Research, 18:2 (Fall 2008) 242-43. Copyright © 2008 by the Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska-Lincoln


Natives and Settlers Now and Then is a slim volume that will be of great interest to scholars of Indigenous Studies and Native-Newcomer relations. Its primary focus is on the Canadian Great Plains, but it also touches on broader Indigenous issues in the United States and New Zealand. Edited by Paul W. DePasquale, the collection contains five essays based on presentations delivered by academic scholars, activists, and legal experts at a conference of the same name held at the University of Alberta in 2000. Its organizers sought to place "Natives and Native issues at the centre of the event," and the presentations were intended as a form of dialogue about the challenges facing Native peoples today and the historical processes that have produced them. The various essays tackle issues of European-Indigenous contact; treaty making; Native rights and title; land claims; and the processes of colonization, decolonization, and nation building-from all Aboriginal perspectives.