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Remnants of Algonquian-speaking tribes coalesce around a Christian mission in Massachusetts. Hard times force them to make a number of westward removals. The bulk of the action takes place in present-day Wisconsin. For these "civilized" Indians, the tribal church is not separate from the tribal government, not until a time comes when the United States tries to dismantle the tribe. Will the Stockbridge Mohicans maintain their tribal identity after federal Indian policy sets them against each other? Will they be able to avoid the bottle and other temptations after their philanthropic mission society pulls its support? Can a long-suffering, proud and determined people make a multi-faceted comeback?
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Jeffrey Siemers wasn't familiar with the Stockbridge Mohicans until he was part of a group of whitewater paddlers that was stopped by a tribal employee who told the group they were trespassing on a federally-recognized Indian reservation. On that same day, he heard a rumor that the tribe owned an old and rare Bible. More than two years after that, Siemers began his research on the history of the Stockbridge Mohicans. A paper he wrote about the tribe's special Bible was published by a London-based journal called The Book Collector in 2007. Siemers launched the Algonkian Church History blog in 2008. He lives and works in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
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