Anton Treuer grew up on the Leech Lake reservation with a deep interest in history and language. He writes in the introduction to one of his books on Native history: "The borderland I grew up in was more than an awkward physical nexus of races and communities." Today-a conversation about how that "nexus" still influences his work and writing.
Anton Treur is a writer and Professor of Ojibwe at Bemidji State University, and he is the author of many published books. Some of his works include Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians But Were Afraid to Ask (adult and youth versions), The Language Warrior’s Manifesto: How to Keep Our Languages Alive No Matter the Odds, Warrior Nation: A History of the Red Lake Ojibwe, and Ojibwe in Minnesota (“Minnesota’s Best Read for 2010” by The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress). He has also published several children’s books written in the Ojibwe language.