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Ojibwe, Activist, Priest: The Life of Father Philip Bergin Gordon, Tibishkogijik
by Tadeusz Lewandowski
University of Wisconsin Press, 2019
eISBN: 978-0-299-32523-7 | Cloth: 978-0-299-32520-6
Library of Congress Classification E99.C6G644 2019
Dewey Decimal Classification 282.092

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
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.
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