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Ethnic Studies Resources for Faculty and Students: Native American Studies

This page directs faculty and students to resources on Latin American Studies. Resources suggested on this guide are a small sample of what is available through the Skyline College Library and the Web which, of course, is far from being exhaustive. Please use search strategies page to locate more resources, as well Skyline College Library's Native American research guide. Feel free to contact me, Pia Walawalkar, for further assistance at

Books, Articles, & Videos

Cech, Erin A., et al. “Cultural Processes of Ethnoracial Disadvantage Among Native American College Students.” Social Forces, vol. 98, no. 1, Oxford University Press, 2019, pp. 355–80, doi:10.1093/sf/soy103.

Davis, James J., et al. “American Indian Poverty in the Contemporary United States.” Sociological Forum (Randolph, N.J.), vol. 31, no. 1, Blackwell Publishing Ltd, 2016, pp. 5–28, doi:10.1111/socf.12226.

Edwards, Tai S., and Paul Kelton. “Germs, Genocides, and America’s Indigenous Peoples.” The Journal of American History (Bloomington, Ind.), vol. 107, no. 1, Oxford University Press, 2020, pp. 52–76, doi:10.1093/jahist/jaaa008.

Gram, John R. “Acting Out Assimilation: Playing Indian and Becoming American in the Federal Indian Boarding Schools.” American Indian Quarterly, vol. 40, no. 3, University of Nebraska Press, 2016, pp. 251–73, doi:10.5250/amerindiquar.40.3.0251.

Liddell, Jessica L., and Sarah G. Kington. “‘Something Was Attacking Them and Their Reproductive Organs’: Environmental Reproductive Justice in an Indigenous Tribe in the United States Gulf Coast.” International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, vol. 18, no. 2, MDPI, 2021, p. 666–, doi:10.3390/ijerph18020666.

Reyhner, Jon. “Affirming Identity: The Role of Language and Culture in American Indian Education.” Cogent Education, vol. 4, no. 1, Cogent, 2017, p. 1340081–, doi:10.1080/2331186X.2017.1340081.

Privott, Meredith. “An Ethos of Responsibility and Indigenous Women Water Protectors in the #NoDAPL Movement.” American Indian Quarterly, vol. 43, no. 1, University of Nebraska Press, 2019, pp. 74–100, doi:10.5250/amerindiquar.43.1.0074.

Robertson, Dwanna L. “Invisibility in the Color-Blind Era: Examining Legitimized Racism Against Indigenous Peoples.” American Indian Quarterly, vol. 39, no. 2, University of Nebraska Press, 2015, pp. 113–53, doi:10.5250/amerindiquar.39.2.0113.

Spence, Taylor. “Naming Violence in United States Colonialism.” Journal of Social History, vol. 53, no. 1, Oxford University Press, 2019, pp. 157–93, doi:10.1093/jsh/shy086.

Spiegel, Samuel J., et al. “Visual Storytelling, Intergenerational Environmental Justice and Indigenous Sovereignty: Exploring Images and Stories Amid a Contested Oil Pipeline Project.” International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, vol. 17, no. 7, MDPI, 2020, p. 2362–, doi:10.3390/ijerph17072362.

Steineker, Rowan Faye. “Beyond Boarding Schools: Histories of Native American Institutions and Social Services in the United States.” Reviews in American History, vol. 45, no. 3, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2017, pp. 410–15, doi:10.1353/rah.2017.0059.

TallBear, Kim, and Deborah Bolnick. "Native American DNA” tests: What are the risks to tribes." The Native Voice 3.24 (2004): D2.

Telles, Edward, and Florencia Torche. “Varieties of Indigeneity in the Americas.” Social Forces, vol. 97, no. 4, Oxford University Press, 2019, pp. 1543–69, doi:10.1093/sf/soy091.

Wells, Cheryl A. “‘Why[,] These Children Are Not Really Indians’: Race, Time, and Indian Authenticity.” American Indian Quarterly, vol. 39, no. 1, University of Nebraska Press, 2015, pp. 1–24, doi:10.5250/amerindiquar.39.1.0001.

Open & Free Resources

The Conquest of America (MIT OpenCourseWare) course licensed CC BY-NC-SA

Early Inhabitants of the Americas (Lumen Boundless U.S. History) course licensed under CC BY-NC-SA

Identity Politics of Difference (OAPEN) book licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

The Indian Craze: Primitivism, Modernism, and Transculturation in American Art, 1890–1915 (OAPEN) book licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Indigenous People of the Americas (Merlot).

Public Domain Native American Literature (Amherst College) A collection of over 100 public domain books by or about Native Americans. From Amherst College’s Younghee Kim-Wait (AC 1982) Pablo Eisenberg Native American Literature Collection.

Native Americans and the Christian Right: The Gendered Politics of Unlikely Alliances OAPEN) book licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Native Peoples of North America (Open TextBook Library) book licensed under CC BY-NC-SA

Negotiating Native Identity Through Art and Music (OER Commons) course licensed CC BY NC SA

Plague Diaries: Firsthand Accounts of Epidemics, 430 B.C. to A.D. 1918 (MERLOT) textbook licensed under CC BY SA

Recasting commodity and spectacle in the indigenous Americas (OAPEN) book licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

US History - Beginnings through Revolution (OER Commons) course licensed CC BY NC SA

US History: Colonial & Revolutionary (OER Commons) course licensed CC BY

Working on the Railroad, Walking in Beauty: Navajos, Hozho, and Track Work (OAPEN) book licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

American Indian Boarding Schools (Digital Public Library of America)

This collection of photos and documents shows what life was like for the many children enrolled in American Indian boarding schools. These schools, predominantly run by Christian missionaries, were often funded by the federal government and worked to “civilize” Native American children, forcing many to abandon their names, cultures, and identities in the process.

American Indian Film Gallery (The original films are preserved by the Library of Congress; this digital resource now resides at the University of Arizona)

The AIFG presently contains over 450 non-fiction films that document Native lifeways from the Arctic Circle to Tierra del Fuego, with a large concentration on peoples of the Southwest.

The American Indian Movement, 1968-1978 (Digital Public Library of America)

This collection uses primary sources to explore the American Indian Movement between 1968 and 1978. Digital Public Library of America Primary Source Sets are designed to help students develop their critical thinking skills and draw diverse material from libraries, archives, and museums across the United States. 

Google Arts & Culture - Native Americans

Explore collections from around the world with Google Arts & Culture, created by Google Cultural Institute.

History of Survivance: Upper Midwest 19th-Century Native American Narratives (Digital Public Library of America)

An exhibit of resources that can be found within the Digital Public Library of America retold through the lens of Native American survivance in the Minnesota region. Within are a series of objects of both Native and non-Native origin that tell a story of extraordinary culture disruption, change and continuity during 19th c., and how that affects the Native population of Minnesota today.

The Indigenous Digital Archive

The US National Archives holds 374 of the treaties, where they are known as the Ratified Indian Treaties. Here you can view them for the first time with key historic works that provide context to the agreements made and the histories of our shared lands.

Internet Archive: Digital Library

Internet Archive is a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more.

Library of Congress - Indians of North America

Indians of North America: Selected Resources include maps, music and sound recordings, photographs, texts and webcasts.

Media Effects on Native American Stereotypes

Images that explore stereotypes on Native Americans through the media.

Native American History (University Libraries, University of Washington)

This website is "a research guide to primary and secondary sources for Native American history." The sources are divided by section of the country: Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Southwest, and West.

Native Knowledge 360° (National Museum of American Indian, Smithsonian)

NK360° provides educational materials and teacher training that incorporate Native narratives, more comprehensive histories, and accurate information to enlighten and inform teaching and learning about Native America.

Native Languages of the Americas: Native American Cultures

This resource hosts online language materials for more than 150 Indian peoples of North America, and are adding more information on the native languages of Central and South America as well.

Omaha Indian Music

Presented here are selections from the American Folklife Center's collections documenting Omaha music traditions.

Perspectives on the French and Indian War

This collection of documents, images, maps, and artifacts provides various perspectives on the French and Indian War., incorporating the view from the leadership and from more marginalized groups. 

Project Gutenberg - Native American Bookshelf

Project Gutenberg provides a list of Native American anthologies in the public domain available freely online.

Reservations, Resistance, and the Indian Reorganization Act, 1900-1940

In 1900, the federal census recorded just over 200,000 American Indian people living in the United States. Most lived on reservations—parcels of land that Indian people had retained in treaty negotiations—over which the federal government claimed jurisdiction. By 1900, the policy of the federal government was that American Indian people needed to assimilate into white society, giving up their traditional ways to become like Euro-Americans in their living arrangements, dress, pastimes, religious expression, and work.

Songs from American Indian Tribal Ghost Dances

James Mooney recordings of American Indian Ghost Dance songs.

Who Owns Native Culture (Michael F. Brown's homepage | Dept. of Anthro & SocWilliams College)

Resources for understanding current debates about the legal status of indigenous art, music, folklore, biological knowledge and sacred sites.


Hosted by the Wikimedia foundation, Wikibooks is an open content textbook collection spanning a variety of reading levels and disciplines.

Words & Place - Native Literature

Through a unique blend of imagery and sound, this website captures the complex oral traditions of Native American communities in the American Southwest.