Decades before the marches and victories of the
1960s, a group of Alaska Natives were making civil
rights history. Throughout the early twentieth century,
the Alaska Native Brotherhood fought for citizenship,
voting rights, and education for all Alaska Natives,
securing unheard-of victories in a contentious time.
Their unified work and legal prowess propelled the
Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, one of the
biggest claim settlements in United States history.
A Dangerous Idea tells an overlooked but powerful
story of Alaska Natives fighting for their rights under
American law and details one of the rare successes
for Native Americans in their nearly two-hundred-year
effort to define and protect their rights.
Peter Metcalfe is the author of several books
documenting the history of Alaska Native tribal
organizations, most recently Gumboot Determination.