Augie Reads: 'The Round House'
The following is a list of web resources, organized by broad theme, curated by Augustana librarians to help incoming first-year students as they read the 2014 Augie Reads book, The Round House, by Louise Erdrich.
•Book Reviews & Author Information • Ojibwe Resources • Reservations • Tribal Law • Sexual Assault • Family Relationships• American Indian Boarding Schools
The following news sources offer book reviews of The Round House:
Interviews with the Author
PBS NewsHour features a conversation with Louise Erdrich and includes a video of the interview.
NPR interviews Erdrich about the themes in her novel. Includes an audio transcript.
The ArtsBeat blog from the New York Times contains a Q & A exchange with the author.
PBS Faces of America, a series from 2010, includes short video clips from an interview with Erdrich.
The Poetry Foundation offers an extensive biography of Louise Erdrich and a list of her works.
The Round House won the National Book Award for Fiction in 2012. Click here for video coverage of Erdrich receiving the award and reading excerpts.
The publisher, Harper Collins, offers a reading guide with discussion questions for The Round House.
Note: This nation can also be spelled Ojibway, or referred to as Chippewa or Anishinabe. Use variant spellings to get more results when searching.
Project organized by the Milwaukee Public Museum, this resource is designed to support educational mandates to provide instruction on Native culture, history, sovereignty and treaty rights. Although the book is set in North Dakota, the Ojibway nation extends far into Wisconsin and so most of these essays are very relevant.
This is the private website of Kevin Callahan from the University of Minnesota. It is a little older but does a great job explaining cultural aspects of the community so important in the novel.
A YouTube video featuring Dr. Anton Treuer, author of many books about Native American life, including his most recent, Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians but Were Afraid to Ask. Treuer is a member of the Ojibwe nation and is executive director of the American Indian Resource Center at Bemidji State University.
This offers a brief explanation of what reservations are and how they came to be. This page was created by the Minnesota Historical Society as part of a website about a specific historical event, the Dakota War of 1862. The information about reservations, though, applies to many Native American groups.
This is a map created by the National Park Service. To save space, the individual reservations are labelled with numbers; consult the map index to learn their names.
Louise Erdrich, the author of The Round House, was born in North Dakota and is a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa. These images are from the collection of the State Historical Society of North Dakota; click on any image to see it full-size.
From the Denver Public Library, this collection focuses on reservations in the western United States. Scroll down to view all the photos; click on any image to see it full-size.
A bureau of the US Department of the Interior, the BIA provides educational and other social services to nearly 2 million American Indian and Alaskan Native people. Its services are modeled closely after but remain separate from similar governmental programs offered elsewhere in the United States. Within the BIA, the Office of Justice Services provides support for the tribal justice system and for training of tribal law enforcement officers.
This non-profit organization, which is operated by Native Americans, facilitates the sharing of resources to enable Indian Nations and tribal justice systems to function successfully within their communities. The site includes a comprehensive listing of many tribal law resources, including links to related federal agencies and Native organizations.
Published by the Tribal Law and Policy Institute, this guide summarizes in broad terms the jurisdiction for various crimes in "Indian Country" (as tribal lands are called by US federal law). Note that this chart applies only to tribal lands, and not to locations under state or federal jurisdiction.
This page summarizes "Maze of Injustice," a report issued by Amnesty International focusing on the prevalence of violence against indigenous women and the roadblocks in prosecuting such crimes. The summary outlines the complexities inherent in the legal systems (tribal law, federal/state law, etc.) and describes the many difficulties that result from these complications. A link to the full report is included at the bottom of the page.
Focusing specifically on violence against women within tribal communities, this page describes initiatives designed to change the fact that, as the page states, "...one in three Indian women reports having been raped in her lifetime." Programs include the Violence Against Women Act of 2005 and the Sexual Assault Demonstration Initiative.
RAINN is the United States' largest anti-sexual violence organization. RAINN provides resources both to help prevent sexual crimes and to support survivors and their friends and families. The "Get Info" tab at the top of the page links to many helpful resources, including statistics and policies at the state and national level.
This collection of resources provides links and information to various non-profit and tribal organizations devoted to increasing the awareness and prevention of violence against Indian women and children.
This article, published February 8, 2014 in The Washington Post, describes a new law, slated to go into effect fully in March 2015, which will allow Indian tribes to prosecute some crimes against women committed on their lands by non-Indians. Though the law will greatly impact the justice process in domestic violence cases - the law stipulates that the non-Indian perpetrator be a boyfriend or husband of the victim - it does not apply to instances in which the perpetrator is a stranger to the victim.
At this site maintained by The American Academy of Pediatrics you will find professional recommendations about such issues as family communication and communication with adolescents.
The American Psychological Association maintains this site that offers information about family relationships, trauma, violence, teens, and more through topics, publications, and a “Psychology Help Center.”
This two-part report from 2008 looks at the beginning and the history of American Indian Boarding Schools and a current boarding school today:
This gallery includes several photographs from various American Indian Board Schools across the country including before-and-after pictures.
This curriculum guide explains the history, the purpose, and the impact American Indian Boarding Schools had on Native American Indians.