The North American fur trade knocked on the door of Mni Sota Makoce (Dakota homelands, present-day Minnesota) in 1679 when Sieur du Lhut (Daniel Greysolon), an emissary of the French government, visited the Dakota village at Bde Wakan (Mille Lacs) and watched the Ojibwe renew their alliance with their Dakota trading partners.
Jon Lurie is the author of the memoir Canoeing with José. He is also the coauthor, with Clyde Bellecourt, of The Thunder Before the Storm, a Minnesota Book Award finalist. Lurie has worked as a wilderness guide, a flight instructor, a teen adviser at a Native American journalism program, and an editor at the Anchorage Press and the Rake. His journalism has been published in a wide range of publications, including Metro magazine. A graduate of the MFA program in creative writing at the University of Minnesota, Lurie has taught creative writing at Macalester College and the University of Minnesota, where he currently teaches experiential learning. He serves as director of the Mother of Waters Project, a cultural outreach program that combines experiential learning with arts education, focusing on the health of Minnesota’s freshwater resources. He lives on an island in the Mississippi River in Minneapolis.
AIM had identified the urgent need for Indigenous children to be educated within their own communities.
It grew into an international movement whose goals included the full restoration of tribal sovereignty and treaty rights.