MPR: Walking the Old Road

The story of a once vibrant, now vanished off-reservation Ojibwe village—and a vital chapter of the history of the North Shore

North of Grand Marais along Highway 61, a white clapboard church stands as one of the only reminders of what was once a small community called Chippewa City.

While the village is now gone, it was once home to about 200 predominantly Native American families. Their stories are told in the book “Walking the Old Road: A People's History of Chippewa City and the Grand Marais Anishinaabe.”

MPR News host Cathy Wurzer talked with author Staci Lola Drouillard about the book and her family’s connection to Chippewa City.


Listen to the whole interview.

University of Minnesota Press Podcast

More than two dozen essays of Indigenous resistance to the privatization and allotment of Indigenous lands

Allotment Stories: Daniel Heath Justice and Jean M. O'Brien.

A fascinating and unprecedented ethnography of animal sanctuaries in the United States

Saving AnimalsElan Abrell and Kathryn (Katie) Gillespie on sanctuary, care, ethics.

How popular debates about the so-called digital generation mediate anxieties about labor and life in twenty-first-century America

Making creative laborers for a precarious economy: Josef Nguyen, Carly Kocurek, and Patrick LeMieux.



Browse our Fall/Winter 2022-23 catalog for exciting forthcoming books!

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