Michael P. Taylor is an Assistant Professor of English and the Associate Director of American Indian Studies at Brigham Young University. His research engages Indigenous archives to expand Indigenous North American literary histories and support community-centered Indigenous resurgence.
Michael P. Taylor
“Indians MUST Organize”: Reimagining Indigenous Modernity through the Writings of the National Council of American Indians
On February 5, 1927, a delegate of the Alaska Native Brotherhood, Reverend Samuel G. Davis (Haida), wrote to the founding President of the National Council of American Indians, Gertrude Simmons Bonnin, seeking solidarity. Writing on Alaska Native Brotherhood official letterhead, Davis tells about his family and then thanks Bonnin for her ongoing work on behalf of American Indian peoples. He writes, “I am very Proud of you for your work,” and expresses his commitment to “do the same thing here in Alaska.”