Pipestone: My Life in an Indian Boarding School

Product Description: Best known as a leader of the Indian takeover of Alcatraz Island in 1969, Adam Fortunate Eagle (Ojibwe) now offers an unforgettable memoir of his years as a young student at Pipestone Indian Boarding School in Minnesota. In this rare firsthand account, Fortunate Eagle lives up to his reputation as a “contrary warrior†by disproving the popular view of Indian boarding schools as bleak and prisonlike. Along the way, he shares anecdotes of dormitory culture, student pranks, and warrior games. Telling this story in the voice of his younger self, the author takes us on a journey into his childhood and the inner world of the boarding school.

Age Level: Young adult (14-18)
Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press