New book takes fictional approach to controversial time in American Indian History

LUBBOCK — The 1920s-era controversy over the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs longstanding — and since discarded — policy to “Christianize and civilize” American Indian children serves as a backdrop for a new novel by Harold Burton Meyers.

“The Death at Awahi,” published by Texas Tech University Press, takes the reader to the fictional New Mexico pueblo of Awahi in 1923. At the heart of the story is a scandal. The pueblo’s school principal has been caught passing government property meant for the Awahi to a missionary.

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