Valley of the Birdtail

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Andrew Stobo Sniderman and Douglas Sanderson (Amo Binashii) win Stubbendieck Great Plains Distinguished Book Prize

Writer Andrew Stobo Sniderman and Professor Douglas Sanderson (Amo Binashii) continue to be recognized for their co-authored 2022 book Valley of the Birdtail: An Indian Reserve, a White Town, and the Road to Reconciliation.

Stobo Sniderman, an alumnus of the Faculty of Law, and Sanderson, the Prichard Wilson Chair in Law & Public Policy and the Decanal Advisor on Indigenous Issues, have been awarded the Stubbendieck Great Plains Distinguished Book Prize from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Center for Great Plains Studies.

The award, which recognizes the best non-fiction book about the Great Plains – the North American flatlands reaching west of the Mississippi River and east of the Rocky Mountains into parts of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta – comes with a cash prize of $10,000 (USD).

In Valley of the Birdtail, Stobo Sniderman and Sanderson tell the story of two communities in Manitoba “divided by a valley, a river and 150 years of racism.”

“We want to start a real conversation about an equitable and shared future,” Stobo Sniderman told U of T News last year when the book was published.

The writers will give a book prize lecture at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln later this year.

Recently awarded the 2023 J.W. Dafoe Book PrizeValley of the Birdtail has also received an honourable mention from the W. Wesley Pue Book Prize, awarded by the Canadian Law and Society Association to the best book on law and society published in the previous year in English or French.

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