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Ojibwe, Activist, Priest: The Life of Father Philip Bergin Gordon, Tibishkogijik

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Born in Wisconsin, Philip Bergin Gordon-whose Ojibwe name Tibishkogijik is said to mean Looking into the Sky-became one of the first Native Americans to be ordained as a Catholic priest in the United States. Gordon's devotion to Catholicism was matched only by his dedication to the protection of his people. A notable Native rights activist, his bold efforts to expose poverty and corruption on reservations and his reputation for agitation earned him the nickname "Wisconsin's Fighting Priest."
Drawing on previously unexplored materials, Tadeusz Lewandowski paints a portrait of a contentious life. Ojibwe, Activist, Priest examines Gordon's efforts to abolish the Bureau of Indian Affairs, his membership in the Society of American Indians, and his dismissal from his Ojibwe parish and exile to a tiny community where he'd be less likely to stir up controversy. Lewandowski illuminates a significant chapter in the struggle for Native American rights through the views and experiences of a key Native progressive.

ISBN-13: 9780299325206

Media Type: Hardcover

Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press

Publication Date: 11-05-2019

Pages: 208

Product Dimensions: 8.60h x 5.70w x 0.60d

Tadeusz Lewandowski is an associate professor and head of the department of American literature and culture at the University of Opole in Poland. He is the author of Dwight Macdonald on Culture: The Happy Warrior of the Mind, Reconsidered and Red Bird, Red Power: The Life and Legacy of Zitkala-Sa.