"Fletcher’s articulate capture of the Grand Traverse Band’s history and current endeavors affords the reader an intimate glimpse inside the resilient strength and vision that makes the GTB what it is today – a dynamic, sovereign Tribal Nation with a strong regional economic presence and commitment to further enhance the lives of future generations. Kchi Megwetch [with great thanks] to Professor Fletcher, a proud GTB citizen."
—Derek J. Bailey, Tribal Chairman, Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians
"In this important work, Matthew Fletcher provides a thorough and sobering legal history of the Grand Traverse Band, a Michigan Indian community “administratively terminated” by the Department of Interior in the 1870s and reorganized after generations of political efforts in the 1980s. As Fletcher highlights, the nebulous and changing realm of jurisprudence confronting this community of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians confirms the truism that whenever Congress sneezes, Native peoples end up in the hospital. In the detailed rendering of this tribal history moreover one also sees the unrivaled determination of Indian community members seeking justice for lost lands and rights. A wonderful contribution."
—Ned Blackhawk, Yale University