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Books: Many Suggested by the Indigenous and Native American Employee Resource Group
1491 by Charles C. Mann... Mann sheds clarifying light on the methods used to arrive at these new visions of the pre-Columbian Americas and how they have affected our understanding of our history and our thinking about the environment. His book is an exciting and learned account of scientific inquiry and revelation.
Call Number: Leyburn E61 .M266 2005
Publication Date: 2005
American Indians by Devon A. Mihesuah"Professor Mihesuah goes beyond simply providing responses to common stereotypes. She provides the reader with assistance in efforts to improve understanding of her peoples... a valuable contribution in bringing greater clarity to important issues." Alejandro Garcia, Journal of Multicultural Social Work
Call Number: Leyburn E98.P99 M54 1996
Publication Date: 2015
American Indian Stories by Zitkala-SaAmerican Indian Stories, first published in 1921, is a collection of childhood stories, allegorical fiction, and an essay. One of the most famous Sioux writers and activists of the modern era, Zitkala-Sa (Gertrude Bonnin) recalled legends and tales from oral tradition and used experiences from her life and community to educate others about the Yankton Sioux...
Bad Indians by Deborah A. MirandaThis beautiful and devastating book--part tribal history, part lyric and intimate memoir--should be required reading for anyone seeking to learn about California Indian history, past and present. Deborah A. Miranda tells stories of her Ohlone Costanoan Esselen family as well as the experience of California Indians as a whole through oral histories, newspaper clippings, anthropological recordings, personal reflections, and poems. The result is a work of literary art that is wise, angry, and playful all at once, a compilation that will break your heart and teach you to see the world anew.
Call Number: Leyburn E78.C15 M6 2013
Publication Date: 2013
Cahokia by Timothy R. Pauketat (Editor)About one thousand years ago, Native Americans built hundreds of earthen platform mounds, plazas, residential areas, and other types of monuments in the vicinity of present-day St. Louis. This sprawling complex, known to archaeologists as Cahokia, was the dominant cultural, ceremonial, and trade center north of Mexico for centuries. This stimulating collection of essays casts new light on the remarkable accomplishments of Cahokia.
Call Number: Ebook
Publication Date: 1997
Coacoochee's Bones by Susan A. MillerTo Americans he was "Wild Cat," to Mexicans, "Gato del Monte." But to his own people he was Coacoochee, a warrior and diplomat who led the Seminole resistance to American injustice in their home territory of Florida and through the Spanish borderlands of North America. In the first in-depth study of this dramatic figure, Susan A. Miller, a historian and a Seminole, sorts out discrepancies between American history--where Coacoochee remains in the background--and Seminole tradition--where he stands as a great leader...
Call Number: Leyburn E99.S28 C595 2003
Publication Date: 2003
Custer died for your sins; an Indian manifesto by Deloria, Vine.Includes 11 essays: "Indians Today: The Real and the Unreal," "Laws and Treaties," "The Disastrous Policy of Termination," "Anthropologists and Other Friends," "Missionaries and the Religious Vacuum," "Government Agencies," "Indian Humor," "The Red and the Black," "The Problem of Indian Leadership," "Indians and Modern Society," and "A Redefinition of Indian Affairs."
Call Number: Leyburn E93 .D36
Publication Date: 1969
Dwellings by Linda HoganA first collection of essays by a Chickasaw poet and novelist considers such subjects as bats, bees, porcupines, wolves, and caves while regarding the earth as humankind's universal home.
The Inconvenient Indian by Thomas King...Ranging freely across the centuries and the Canada-U.S. border, King debunks fabricated stories of Indian savagery and White heroism, takes an oblique look at Indians (and cowboys) in film and popular culture, wrestles with the history of Native American resistance and his own experiences as a Native rights activist, and articulates a profound, revolutionary understanding of the cumulative effects of ever-shifting laws and treaties on Native peoples and lands...
Indigenomics by Carol Anne Hilton...Indigenomics calls for a new model of development, one that advances Indigenous self-determination, collective well-being, and reconciliation. This is vital reading for business leaders and entrepreneurs, Indigenous organizations and nations, governments and policymakers, and economists.
In the Spirit of Crazy Horse by Peter Matthiessen"Kept off the shelves for eight years because of one of the most protracted and bitterly fought legal cases in publishing history, In the Spirit of Crazy Horse reveals the Lakota tribe’s long struggle with the U.S. government, and makes clear why the traditional Indian concept of the earth is so important at a time when increasing populations are destroying the precious resources of our world." --Penguin Random House
A Separate Country by Elizabeth Cook-LynnElizabeth Cook-Lynn takes academia to task for its much-touted notion that "postcoloniality" is the current condition of Indian communities in the United States. She finds the argument neither believable nor useful--at best an ivory-tower initiative on the part of influential scholars, at worst a cruel joke. In this fin de career retrospective, Cook-Lynn gathers evidence that American Indians remain among the most colonized people in the modern world, mired in poverty and disenfranchised both socially and politically. Despite Native-initiated efforts toward seeking First Nationhood status in the U. S., Cook-Lynn posits, Indian lands remain in the grip of a centuries-old English colonial system--a renewable source of conflict and discrimination. She argues that proportionately in the last century, government-supported development of casinos and tourism--peddled as an answer to poverty--probably cost Indians more treaty-protected land than they lost in the entire nineteenth century. Using land issues and third-world theory to look at the historiography of the American Plains Indian experience, she examines colonization's continuing assault on Indigenous peoples.
Call Number: Leyburn E78.W5 C575 2012
Publication Date: 2011
The Truth about Stories by Thomas King"Stories are wondrous things. And they are dangerous." In The Truth About Stories, Native novelist and scholar Thomas King explores how stories shape who we are and how we understand and interact with other people. From creation stories to personal experiences, historical anecdotes to social injustices, racist propaganda to works of contemporary Native literature, King probes Native culture's deep ties to storytelling. With wry humor, King deftly weaves events from his own life as a child in California, an academic in Canada, and a Native North American with a wide-ranging discussion of stories told by and about Indians...
Call Number: Leyburn PR9199.3.K4422 Z477 2005
Publication Date: 2008
Voices from Wounded Knee, 1973, in the words of the participants"In the winter of 1890, U.S. Government forces massacred nearly 300 Indian people, mainly women and children, after they had surrendered all but one of their weapons. The site of the massacre was Wounded Knee on the Pine Ridge Reservation. In the winter of 1973, several hundred Oglala Sioux and their supporters from other tribes returned to Wounded Knee to make a stand ... This stand on Indian land for Indian rights were met by the U.S. Government with armored personnel carriers, helicopters, automatic rifles, and other Viet Nam era weapons. But for 71 days no Federal law enforcement personnel or Bureau of Indian Affairs officials had any authority in Wounded Knee. For 71 days, through countless battles and negotiating sessions, and despite the Government's blockade of food, fuel, and medical supplies, a self-governing community was built. This book is a documentary about the occupation."--Editor's Introduction.