Author Louise Erdrich On Native Peoples' 'Long, Brutal Fight For Survival' Erdrich's new novel, 'The Night Watchman,' was inspired by her grandfather, a chairman of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa who fought a Congressional initiative to move indigenous peoples off their land and into cities. Erdrich says the policy amounted to tribal termination. "Termination was a way to finally resolve what Congress thought of as 'the Indian problem,'" she says.

Also, critic John Powers reviews the genre-bending film 'Bacurau,' about a small Brazilian town grappling with a series of mysterious events.
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Author Louise Erdrich On Native Peoples' 'Long, Brutal Fight For Survival'

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Author Louise Erdrich On Native Peoples' 'Long, Brutal Fight For Survival'

Author Louise Erdrich On Native Peoples' 'Long, Brutal Fight For Survival'

Author Louise Erdrich On Native Peoples' 'Long, Brutal Fight For Survival'

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Erdrich's new novel, 'The Night Watchman,' was inspired by her grandfather, a chairman of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa who fought a Congressional initiative to move indigenous peoples off their land and into cities. Erdrich says the policy amounted to tribal termination. "Termination was a way to finally resolve what Congress thought of as 'the Indian problem,'" she says.

Also, critic John Powers reviews the genre-bending film 'Bacurau,' about a small Brazilian town grappling with a series of mysterious events.