Zoltán Grossman, author of Unlikely Alliances

Event date: 
Friday, August 11, 2017 - 6:30pm
Grossman author photo

Former Madison resident Zoltán Grossman, now professor of Geography and Native Studies at The Evergreen State College in Olympia Washington, will be reading and signing his new book Unlikely Alliances: Native Nations and White Communities Join to Defend Rural Lands (including alliances opposing mines on Wisconsin treaty lands), at A Room of One's Own Bookstore. The event is free and open to the public. For background on the book, see sites.evergreen.edu/unlikelyalliances.

Often when Native nations assert their treaty rights and sovereignty, they are confronted with a backlash from their neighbors, who are fearful of losing control of the natural resources. Yet, when both groups are faced with an outside threat to their common environment--such as mines, dams, or an oil pipeline--these communities have unexpectedly joined together to protect the resources. Some regions of the United States with the most intense conflicts were transformed into areas with the deepest cooperation between tribes and local farmers, ranchers, and fishers to defend sacred land and water.

Unlikely Alliances explores this evolution from conflict to cooperation through place-based case studies in the Pacific Northwest, Great Basin, Northern Plains, and Great Lakes regions during the 1970s through the 2010s. These case studies suggest that a deep love of place can begin to overcome even the bitterest divides.

ZOLTÁN GROSSMAN is a Professor of Geography and Native Studies at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wash.; he earned his Ph.D. in Geography at U.W.-Madison. He has been a longtime community organizer in Wisconsin and Washington, and co-editor of Asserting Native Resilience: Pacific Rim Indigenous Nations Face the Climate Crisis and Wisconsin's Past and Present: A Historical Atlas. Faculty website: academic.evergreen.edu/g/grossmaz.

Event address: 
315 W. Gorham St.
Madison, WI 53703-2218
Unlikely Alliances: Native Nations and White Communities Join to Defend Rural Lands Cover Image
By Zoltan Grossman, Winona LaDuke (Foreword by)
$30.00
ISBN: 9780295741529
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Published: University of Washington Press - June 19th, 2017