Reading the North

Matt Sullivan,

The Pirates of Kachemak Bay

By Amy Murrell-Haunold, illustrated by Cindy Pendleton (Pendleton Fine Arts, $29.95)

The blurb: This children's story set in Homer follows wannabe pirate Rudy and his sister Gia as they find fun and adventure on the beach.

Excerpt: "Rudy was 7 and he was a pirate. 'Arrr!' he said to his sister.

Gia was almost 5. She was stealing his cereal.

'Gia is eating my breakfast,' Rudy said to his mother.

Tattling was bad, but Rudy was a pirate. Pirates are bad. Mother made Gia sit in her chair and eat her own breakfast. 'I am baking this morning,' Mother said. 'You must watch Gia for me.'

'Rudy isn't here. I'm Captain Cook.'

Mother took out a bag of chocolate chips. She was going to bake cookies! 'Captain Cook was not a pirate. He was an explorer. He helped explore Alaska."

Alaska Natives and American Laws

By David S. Case and David A. Voluck (University of Alaska Press, Fairbanks, $85)

The blurb: Now in its third edition, the textbook canvasses federal law as applied to the indigenous peoples of Alaska, explaining the histories of different policies and an analysis of indigenous rights

Excerpt: "The federal government did not initially deal with Alaska Natives as dependent Indian communities. In the first place, article III of the 1867 Treaty of Cession implied a distinction between 'uncivilized tribes' and other 'inhabitants of the ceded territory.' the latter, if they remained in the territory, were to be 'admitted to the enjoyment of all the rights, advantages and immunities of citizens of the United States,' including 'the free enjoyment of their liberty, property, and religion.' The former were to be 'subject to such laws and regulations as the United States may, from time to time, adopt in regard to aboriginal tribes of that country.' "

Compiled by Matt Sullivan, Anchorage Daily News

Compiled by Matt Sullivan, Anchorage Daily News