Thursday, May 18, 2023

Valley of the Birdtail bookcover (HarperCollins)

Writer Andrew Stobo Sniderman (JD 2014) and Professor Douglas Sanderson (Amo Binashii) (JD 2003), Prichard Wilson Chair in Law & Public Policy, have been awarded the Stubbendieck Great Plains Distinguished Book Prize for their co-authored book Valley of the Birdtail: An Indian Reserve, a White Town, and the Road to Reconciliation (HarperCollins Canada, 2022).

Chosen by an independent committee, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Center for Great Plains Studies awards a cash prize of $10,000 (USD) to 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.

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.