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  • Keeping the Campfires Going: Native Women's Activism in Urban Communities
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  • Susan Applegate Krouse
  • 2009
  • Published by: University of Nebraska Press
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The essays in this groundbreaking anthology, Keeping the Campfires Going, highlight the accomplishments of and challenges confronting Native women activists in American and Canadian cities. Since World War II, Indigenous women from many communities have stepped forward through organizations, in their families, or by themselves to take action on behalf of the growing number of Native people living in urban areas. This collection recounts and assesses the struggles, successes, and legacies of several of these women in cities across North America, from San Francisco to Toronto, Vancouver to Chicago, and Seattle to Milwaukee. These wide-ranging and insightful essays illuminate Native communities in cities as well as the women activists working to build them.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. vii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. ix-xxv
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  1. 1. Urban Clan Mothers: Key Households in Cities
  2. pp. 1-21
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  1. 2. Gender and Community Organization Leadership in the Chicago Indian Community
  2. pp. 22-33
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  1. 3. Indigenous Agendas and Activist Genders: Chicago’s American Indian Center, Social Welfare, and Native American Women’s Urban Leadership
  2. pp. 34-55
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  1. 4. “Assisting Our Own”: Urban Migration, Self-Governance, and Native Women’s Organizing in Thunder Bay, Ontario, 1972–1989
  2. pp. 56-75
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  1. 5. Their Spirits Live within Us: Aboriginal Women in Downtown Eastside Vancouver Emerging into Visibility
  2. pp. 76-92
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  1. 6. “How Will I Sew My Baskets?”: Women Vendors, Market Art, and Incipient Political Activism in Anchorage, Alaska
  2. pp. 93-104
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  1. 7. Women’s Class Strategies as Activism in Native Community Building in Toronto, 1950–1975
  2. pp. 105-124
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  1. 8. Creating Change, Reclaiming Indian Space in Post–World War II Seattle: The American Indian Women’s Service League and the Seattle Indian Center, 1958–1978
  2. pp. 125-145
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  1. 9. What Came Out of the Takeovers: Women’s Activism and the Indian Community School of Milwaukee
  2. pp. 146-162
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  1. 10. Telling Paula Starr: Native American Woman as Urban Indian Icon
  2. pp. 163-188
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 189-192
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 193-203
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