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Review: 'Rez Life' provides a true sense of Indian communities

"Even though there are some 300 American Indian reservations in the United States, the media seem to get stuck on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.

Readers will be pleased to know David Treuer's latest book "Rez Life: An Indian's Journey Through Reservation Life" is different in at least two ways. First, the book was written by Treuer, who is a tribal member of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe. And, second, Treuer writes about his own reservation and several others.

Treuer is an author of three novels. He is a winner of a Pushcart Prize, the Minnesota Book Award, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation. He teaches literature and creative writing at USC.

Treuer points out reservations were the remainder of lands negotiated by American Indian tribes to the United States federal government. The Ojibwe word for "reservation" is "ishkonigan," which means in English "leftovers.""

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