Animikii Mazina’iganan: Thunderbird Press is a teaching press for those living in the present and dreaming of the future. We publish innovative, culturally significant, high-quality works in English or Anishinaabemowin.


Our mission is to:  

  • Develop and promote the work of Anishinaabeg and other regional writers
  • Provide a home for manuscripts that have unique cultural, historical, and local significance
  • Create and publish innovative curriculum, educational materials, and student research
  • Educate our students to prepare them to become writers, editors, or publishers

We publish work which exemplifies Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College’s core values:  

  • Respect: Manaaji’idiwin
  • Integrity: Gwayakwaadiziwin
  • Stewardship: Ganawenjigewin
  • Innovation: Maamamiikaajinendamowin
  • Compassion: Zhawenjigewin

Our Publishing Process: 

Currently, Thunderbird Press releases one publication per academic year. We do not accept unsolicited manuscripts or proposals.


Photo of Carl Gawboy painting. Photo by Ivy Vainio.

Photo by Ivy Vainio.

Fur Trade Nation: An Ojibwe’s Graphic History, by Carl Gawboy (Bois Forte) explores the history of the Fur Trade and its impact on Minnesota.

If you are a school, library, or independent bookseller, please email Bonnie Bernhardson about wholesale orders. Her email is bonnie*AT*

Purchase your copy of Fur Trade Nation


To learn more about Animikii Mazina’iganan: Thunderbird Press, and Fur Trade Nation: An Ojibwe’s Graphic History, please contact Rain Newcomb at rnewcomb*AT*



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