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"This work is a significant contribution to the ever-growing array of studies of termination and Indian life."―John H. Barnhill, Indigenous Peoples Issues and Resources, June 2013

"This is an excellent tribal case study of the kind and caliber needed for further understanding of the termination era. It shows how complicated, intense, and permutable the positions and arguments on termination could be among Native groups. It shows how Native individuals played crucial and diverse roles in affecting tribal outcomes in regard to termination and expansive federal policy."―Sam Herley, Western Historical Quarterly, Fall 2013

"Arnold, tribal member and director of Native American Initiatives at the University of Notre Dame, succinctly chronicles the response of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville in all its complex detail. Recommended."―Choice, March 2013

"The net effect of Arnold's narrative strategy may be that future generations of Colvilles, and future generations of scholars, will see this book not only as a valuable work of tribal history but also as a document of Colville cultural continuity."―Thompson Smith, Oregon Historical Quarterly, Spring 2013

"The literature on termination as an Indian policy has been significantly enriched with this publication."―Eleanor Carriker, Columbia Reviews, Spring 2013

"Laurie Arnold, a member of the Lakes Band of Colville Confederated Tribes, writes thoroughly and sensitively about both sides . . ."―Jeff Baker, The Oregonian, December 2012

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"Bartering with the Bones of Their Dead is a significant contribution to the field of 20th―century American Indian policy studies. Laurie Arnold's historical case study of her own tribal community's fractured reaction to federal termination efforts provides a nuanced view of American Indian responses to the difficult issues they faced. Arnold does a masterful job piecing together a complex and painful era of Colville history. In doing so, she broadens our understandings of intratribal decision making and local impacts of federal initiatives."―David R. M. Beck, author of Seeking Recognition: The Termination and Restoration of the Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians, 1855―1984
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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: University of Washington Press (August 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 029599228X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0295992280
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #820,129 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Douglas Zimmer on September 25, 2013
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For a person who grew up on a neighboring reservation at the time this was going on, this is a heartbreaking book. For those of you who didn't but want to understand at least some of the issues facing Indians in the 20th and,indeed, 21st centuries this is a window into soul-deep issues: to stay on an impoverished reservation or to move away from home and family into mainstream American life; to struggle with poverty, poor schools, poor health care, no jobs and little future or to trade away ancestral lands and culture for a chance at a brighter future for yourself and your descendants. These are not easy decisions but they were what faced the disparate peoples of the Colville Reservation. This is not an easy book to read: I spent months reading, mourning, putting it down, then coming back and reading again. It's a compelling, well-written, carefully documented story of a people's struggle with their collection soul. If you read it, carefully and thoughtfully, you will never look at reservations, reservation life,or Indian people the same. But you may understand a little better.
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