Edited by L. Gordon McLester III & Laurence M. Hauptman
In this just-released hardcover volume from the Wisconsin Historical Society Press, the Oneidas of Wisconsin tell their own story in a richly diverse contemporary history. A Nation within a Nation
gathers first-person accounts, biographical essays, and scholars’ investigations focusing on the period of 1900-1969.
In the wake of removal from their native New York, the Oneida people settled near what is now Green Bay, on 65,000 acres of commonly held land. But in 1887, the Dawes Act paved the way for a devastating break-up of the reservation, and within a lifetime the Oneidas saw their land holdings plummet to less than 200 acres.
Throughout struggles with poverty, oppression, and government interference and assimilationism, Wisconsin Oneidas remained connected as a community and true to their Iroquois roots. They also refused to relinquish their dream of reclaiming their land, and in recent years have not only stopped the land-loss, but have begun to reverse it.
Editors L. Gordon McLester III and Laurence M. Hauptman show how Wisconsin Oneida leadership has helped to shape history—not only for Native Americans, but for Wisconsin and the United States. A story of survival and of the Native American quest for recognition of sovereignty, A Nation within a Nation
is community history at its best.
L. Gordon McLester III
is an Oneida tribal historian. He is co-editor of The Oneida Indian Journey
and The Oneida Indians in the Age of Allotment
and co-author of Chief Daniel Bread and the Oneida Nation of Indians
, all with Laurence M. Hauptman. McLester lives in Oneida, Wisconsin.
Laurence M. Hauptman
is SUNY Distinguished Professor of History at SUNY New Platz, where he has taught Native American history since 1971. The author, co-author, or co-editor of fifteen books on the Iroquois and other Native Americans, Hauptman has testified as an expert witness before Congress, federal courts, and has served as a historical consultant for the Wisconsin Oneidas, the Cayugas, the Mashantucket Pequots, and the Senecas. The Oneida Indian Journey,
which Professor Hauptman co-edited with L. Gordon McLester III, won the Wisconsin Historical Society prize for best community history in the year 2000.
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