Monday, January 02, 2023

What does it mean to be an American Indian today?

Area Oneida author Louis V. Clark III (Two Shoes) will discuss this topic as he visits the Fond du Lac Public Library on Thursday, Jan. 12 at 6 p.m. for the monthly History at Home program.
Clark, author of “How to Be an Indian in the 21st Century,” which is published by the Wisconsin Historical Society Press, will talk about his book with guests at the program.

According to the publisher, Clark “chronicles his voyage from schoolyard bullies to workplace barriers — and the loves and lives in between — to discover How to Be an Indian in the 21st Century. Warm, plainspoken, and wryly funny, Clark shares his own American Indian story, talking frankly about a culture’s struggle to maintain its heritage. His deceptively simple, poetic storytelling matches the rhythm of the life he recounts … from childhood on the Rez, through school and into the working world, and ultimately to his life today as an elder, grandfather, and published poet.”

The book addresses topics ranging from workplace racism and school-yard bullying to falling in love and the Green Bay Packers, as Clark discovers for himself what it means to be an American Indian.

History at Home programs focus on stories about the area's past every month. Programs are held on the second Thursday of every month at 6 pm in the McLane Room. The programs are free; no registration is necessary to attend. Those who are unable to attend in person may watch live via Facebook at Many History at Home programs also are captured on video and shared on the library's YouTube channel.