In We Will Always Be Here, historian Denise E. Bates gives readers the opportunity to hear directly from Native peoples living in the South. Although modeled on similar collections with a national scope, this volume fills a gap left by often “sparse and unrepresentative” treatment of the Native South (4). It offers contributions from individuals living in a variety of different southern states including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. These contributors represent several generations and play various roles in their communities, ranging from tribal chairperson to community members with no official leadership position. They are members of federally recognized, state-recognized, and unrecognized tribes, and a few contributors have no membership in an organized tribe. This variety aids readers’ understanding of the complexity of the Native South and the unique ways that Native southerners address...

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