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Author Anton Treuer will visit Kitchigami libraries beginning in November with his new book, The Assassination of Hole in the Day, for the Kitchigami READS Legacy Author Visits. He will visit the Blackduck Community Library Dec. 6 at 6:30 p.m.

In The Assassination of Hole in the Day, Treuer explores the murder of the controversial Ojibwe chief who led his people through the first difficult years of dispossession by white invaders and created a new kind of leadership for the Ojibwe.

On June 27, 1868, Hole in the Day (Bagonegiizhig) the Younger left Crow Wing for Washington, DC, to fight the planned removal of the Mississippi Ojibwe to a reservation at White Earth. Several miles from his home, the self-styled leader of all the Ojibwe was stopped by at least 12 Ojibwe men and fatally shot.

Hole in the Day's death was national news and rumors of its cause were many -- personal jealousy, retribution for his claiming to be head chief of the Ojibwe, retaliation for the attacks he fomented in 1862, or retribution for his attempts to keep mixed-blood Ojibwe off the White Earth Reservation. Still later, investigators found evidence of a more disturbing plot involving some of his closest colleagues -- the business elite at Crow Wing.

While most historians concentrated on the Ojibwe relationships with the whites to explain this story, Treuer focuses on interactions with other tribes, the role of Ojibwe culture and tradition and interviews with more 50 elders to further explain the events leading up to the death of Hole in the Day.

Treuer, a professor of Ojibwe at Bemidji State University is the author of Ojibwe in Minnesota and was recently named "Minnesota's Best Read in 2010" by The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.

"The Assassination of Hole in the Day is a masterful history and more. Treuer illuminates the character of a controversial and charismatic Ojibwe leader from within Ojibwe culture and tell a powerful story of loss that reverberates to the present." - Louise Erdrich

Treuer's author visits are part of the Kitchigami READS/Kitchigami WRITES Legacy project, with funding from the State of Minnesota Legacy Fund.

For the complete schedule of Treuer's author visits throughout the Kitchigami Region, visit the Kitchigami website at and click on Legacy Events.