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Native American History: Research & Reading

Books on Native American History

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee

A true classic of American history, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee is Dee Brown’s eloquent, meticulously documented account of the systematic destruction of the American Indian during the second half of the nineteenth century.

An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States

2015 Recipient of the American Book Award The first history of the United States told from the perspective of indigenous peoples.

Custer died for your sins : an Indian manifesto

Federal Indian policy from a Native American perspective.

The House on Diamond Hill

Tiya Miles tells the story of Diamond Hill's founding as a plantation in the southeastern Cherokee nation, its flourishing, its takeover by white land-lottery winners on the eve of the Cherokee Removal, its decay, and ultimately its renovation in the 1950s.

All the Real Indians Died Off

Scholars and activists Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz and Dina Gilio-Whitaker tackle a wide range of myths about Native American culture and history that have misinformed generations.

Killers of the Flower Moon : oil, money, murder and the birth of the FBI

In the 1920s, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian nation in Oklahoma. Then, one by one, the Osage began to be killed off. Together with the Osage, the Texas Rangers and the FBI began to expose one of the most chilling conspiracies in American history.

Ties That Bind

This beautifully written book, now in its second edition, tells the haunting saga of a quintessentially American family. In the late 1790s, Shoe Boots, a famed Cherokee warrior and successful farmer, acquired an African slave named Doll.

Unlikely alliances : Native nations and white communities join to defend rural lands

Often when Native nations assert their treaty rights and sovereignty, they are confronted with a backlash from their neighbors, who are fearful of losing control of the natural resources. This book explores this evolution from conflict to cooperation through place-based case studies.

Native American Literature: Selected Reading

Love Medicine

The first book in Erdrich's Native American tetralogy that includes The Beet Queen, Tracks, and The Bingo Palace is an authentic and emotionally powerful glimpse into the Native American experience. More books by Louise Erdrich here.

When the Light of the World Was Subdued, Our Songs Came Through

United States Poet Laureate Joy Harjo gathers the work of more than 160 poets, representing nearly 100 indigenous nations, into one momentous volume.

An American Sunrise

In this stunning collection, Joy Harjo finds blessings in the abundance of her homeland and confronts the site where the Mvskoke people, including her own ancestors, were forcibly displaced.

House Made of Dawn

House Made of Dawn, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1969, tells the story of a young American Indian named Abel, home from a foreign war and caught between two worlds.


Tayo, a young Native American, has been a prisoner of the Japanese during World War II, and the horrors of captivity have almost eroded his will to survive. While other returning soldiers find easy refuge in alcohol and senseless violence, Tayo searches for another kind of comfort and resolution. More books by Leslie Marmon Silko here.

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Bestselling author Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. More books by Sherman Alexie here.

There There

As we learn the reasons that each person is attending the Big Oakland Powwow--some generous, some fearful, some joyful, some violent--momentum builds toward a shocking yet inevitable conclusion that changes everything.

Maud's Line

A debut novel chronicling the life and loves of a headstrong, earthy, and magnetic heroine.

Biographies & Autobiographies

The Journey of Crazy Horse

Marshall reveals many aspects of Crazy Horse's life, including details of the powerful vision that convinced him of his duty to help preserve the Lakota homeland-a vision that changed the course of Crazy Horse's life and spurred him confidently into battle time and time again.

"I will fight no more forever" : Chief Joseph and the Nez Perce War

Records the struggles of the peaceful Nez Perce Indians to avoid subjugation by the U.S. government.

The Encyclopedia of Native American Biography

This is an easily read collective biographical work listing hundreds of Native & non-Native Americans who played significant roles in Native American history & culture.

Native Legend & Mythology

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