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     Memoirs of Pulitzer Prize-winning Kiowa author N. Scott Momaday.
Lakota Woman:
     Mary Brave Bird (Crow Dog)'s autobiographical history of the American Indian Movement.
Prison Writings: My Life is My Sun Dance:In the Spirit of Crazy Horse:Trial of Leonard Peltier:
     Books about AIM activist and political prisoner Leonard Peltier. "Prison Writings" is by Leonard himself, and
     he makes his own case eloquently. "In the Spirit of Crazy Horse" is famous for the FBI's bizarre attempts to stop
     its publication (the courts didn't let them.) Neither of us has read the third one.
Life and Death of Anna Mae Acquash:
     Book about slain AIM activist Anna Mae Aquash.
Where White Men Fear To Tread:
     Controversial Lakota activist Russell Means' autobiography and history of the American Indian Movement.
My Name Is Sepeetza:Out of the Depths:
     Autobiographies of two survivors of Indian residential schools.
Black Hawk:
     Autobiography of 19th-century Sauk Chief Black Hawk. This was narrated through a string of translators, so
     it's not 100% authentic as an autobiography, but Black Hawk's story is still compelling.
War Under Heaven:Pontiac and the Indian Uprising:Haughty Conquerors:The Conspiracy of Pontiac:
     Good books about Chief Pontiac and the Pontiac Rebellion.
     Wrenching autobiography of Metis writer Maria Campbell.
I Am Woman:
     Literary autobiography of Metis author Lee Maracle.
Of Earth and Elders: Visions and Voices from Native America:
     Fascinating mosaic of interviews, essays, poems, and other musings from dozens of contemporary Indians.
Charcoal's World:
     Interesting historical examination of a Blackfoot man's clash with white culture and the law
Grey Owl: The Mystery of Archie Belaney:
     Poetic biography of the Canadian environmentalist married to a Cree woman, by Ojibwe author Armand Garnet Ruffo.
Jim Thorpe: 20th-Century Jock:
     Good biography of the celebrated athlete, deals with the complexity of his racial status as well as his athletics.
Maria Tallchief:
     Biography of Maria Tallchief, the Osage ballerina.

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Aboriginal Connections 
AIHEC Virtual Library 
Bill Henderson's set of organized links 
to information on the Indigenous Peoples Worldwide
Canadian First Nations  from Academic Info
eCultural Resources 
In Kiva and Hogan: Native Peoples of the American West,  from WestWeb
Librarian's Index to the Internet 
Lisa Mitten's List of links 
Native American Studies , Yale University Library Research Guide
Native American Studies  from Academic Info
Native American Studies Subject Guide , Digital Library at Dartmouth
Phil Konstantin's Links to Native American Sites 
Researching The Native American  Selected Sources Available in the RIT Library
Rock Art  from Academic Info
South Dakota State Archives  from the South Dakota State Historical Society, containing the
Indian Archives Project
Village of First Nations 


A Critical Bibliography on North American Indians, for K-12  from the Smithsonian
Annotated Bibliographies of Reports, Published Articles, and Books Relating to Archeology 
at Ganondagan State Historic Site through August 1997 [Missimg 3/2014]
Anthropological Bibliographies & Research Documents  from SUNY Buffalo
Archaeoastronomy  from The Infography
Archaeology - Andean South America  from The Infography
Archaeology - Pueblo Indians  from The Infography
Battle of the little Bighorn  from The Infography
Bibliographies from the Anthropology Outreach Office of the National Museum of Natural History 
Bibliographies of Northern and Central California Indians 
Bibliography for Studies of American Indians in and Around Rhode Island 
Bibliography of Moche Sources 
Bibliography of Native American Playwrights 
Bibliography on Pueblo Indian Watercolors : Learning by Looking (Smithsonian)
Books, Papers, Videos on Hupa Language 
Caddo Indians and Caddo Archaeology  from The Infography
Cultural Readings: Colonization and Print in the Americas 
Documentary Relations of the Southwest (DRSW) 
English Language - Native American Pidgin Dialects 
Ethnoarchaeology Bibliography  compiled by Nicholas David
Finding Aid for the Archives of the Association on American Indian Affairs , 1851-1995
Friends of Ganondagan Educator Resources  with an emphasis on the Iroquois
Guide to Records in the National Archives Relating to Native Americans 
Handbook of Latin American Studies 
Covers Mexico and South America plus New Mexico during Spanish occupation
Health of Native People of North America: An Annotated Mediagraphy  
Historical Documents Online: Native American Records 
Hunter-Gatherer Bibliography  compiled by Dr. James Helmer
Indigenous Languages - Teaching and Revitalization  from The Infography
Indigenous Literature with a Queer/LGBT/Two-Spirit Sensibility 
Indigenous Peoples Environmental Issues  from The Infography
Indigenous Peoples Knowledge Systems  from The Infography
Indigenous Studies Portal , University of Saskatchewan Libraries
Lakota/Dakota Bibliography  from Raymond A Bucko, S.J.
Latin American Link Database (LANIC) 
Lewis and Clark Expedition  from The Infography
Library Services to Indigenous Populations: A Bibliography 
Lumbee Indians: An Annotated Bibliography Supplement 
Massachusetts State Archives Microfilm Card Index of Native Americans 
Maya Architecture  from The Infography
Mescalero Apache  from The Infography
Minnesota Archaeological Sources 
Mission 2000 , searchable database of Spanish Mission records of the Pimería Alta
Mississippian Moundbuilders Art, Artifacts and Archaeology  from The Infography
Museums and Indigenous Peoples 
Native American Activism  from The Infography
Native American Education  from The Infography
Native American Ethnohistory  from The Infography
Native American Folklore  from The Infography
Native American History  from The Infography
Native American Law  from The Infography
Native American Literature  from The Infography
Native American Music  from The Infography
Native American Political Issues  from The Infography
Native American Political Systems and the Evolution of Democracy: An Annotated Bibliography  by Bruce E. Johansen
Native American Reference Materials, 1990 -, , from the Anchorage School District
Native American Repatriation & Reburial: A Bibliography 
Compiled by Barb Bocek, Stanford Archaeologist
Native American Studies  from Stanford University Libraries
Native American Women - Cultural Roles  from The Infography
Native Americans - Florida  from The Infography
Native Americans - Georgia  from The Infography
Native Americans - Texas  from The Infography
Native Americans and the Environment 
Extensive bibliographies and documentson a range environmental issues and concerns facing native peoples.
Native Americans in Michigan: A Bibliography of Material in the Clarke Historical Library 
Native Americans in the Movies: A Bibliography of Materials in the UC Berkeley Library 
Native Pages from St. Francis Xavier University 
Navajo Bibliography for Beginners  by Rodgerick Begay
Labriola National American Indian Data Center at Arizona State University
Navajo Code Talkers: A Select Bibliography 
North American Paleoindians  from The Infography
Northwest Coast -- Ethnology and History  from The Infography
One Hundred Years of Anthropology in Costa Rica 
Osage People  from The Infography
Pre-Columbian Archaeology Related Links 
Printed resources for Cherokee interests  by Steve Russell
Publications of the University of Pennsylvania Museums  on Archaeology and Anthropology
Pueblo Indians - Ethnography  from The Infography
Pueblo Indians - Ethnomusicology  from The Infography
References and Recommended Readings  from the Hopi Cultural Preservation Office
Resources for An Introduction to California's Native People 
Resources for California Teachers & Students 
Shoshone Bibliography 
Thomas Kavanagh's home page with essays on the reading of ethnographic photographs 
Tribal Warfare  from The Infography
Women in Ancient Mexico  from The Infography
Working Bibliography on Native American History  from Lee Sultzman

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