Making a Difference by Ada Deer
Making a Difference: My Fight for Native Rights and Social Justice (New Directions in Native American Studies Series) by Ada Deer is an inspiring memoir.
Deer narrates the first eight-three years of her life which includes her time as the first women to serve as the head of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Deer grew up in poverty on the Menominee Reservation in Wisconsin, but with the encouragement of her mother and teachers, she earned degrees in social work from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and Columbia University. Armed with a first-rate education, an iron will, and a commitment to justice, she went from being a social worker in Minneapolis to leading the struggle for the restoration of the Menominees’ tribal status and trust lands.
Having accomplished that goal, she moved on to teach American Indian Studies at UW–Madison, to hold a fellowship at Harvard, to work for the Native American Rights Fund, to run unsuccessfully for Congress, and to serve as Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Indian Affairs in the Clinton Administration.
Now in her eighties, Deer remains as committed as ever to human rights, especially the rights of American Indians. A deeply personal story, written with humor and honesty, this book is a testimony to the ability of one individual to change the course of history through hard work, perseverance, and an unwavering commitment to social justice.
Series: New Directions in Native American Studies Series (Book 19)
Hardcover: 232 pages
Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
The University Book Store will be donating $1 from each book sold to the Ada Deer Chancellor's Minority Scholarship Fund.
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