Native American // Indigenous Peoples Resource List

I have been going on service trips to reservations for five years whilst researching and educating myself on Indigenous issues and rights. I complied a resource for my Alternative Spring Break trip this past year and I thought I’d share it here for anyone wanting to educate themselves.

Books:

  • Flight by Sherman Alexie
  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie
  • Reservation Blues by Sherman Alexie
  • Skinwalkers by Tony Hillerman
  • Custer Died for Your Sins: An Indian Manifesto by Vine Deloria Jr.
  • God is Red by Vine Deloria Jr.
  • Neither Wolf Nor Dog by Kent Nerburn
  • American Indian Myths and Legends edited by Richard Erdoes and Alfonso Ortiz
  • Native American Religious Traditions by Suzanne J. Crawford
  • The Sacred Hoop by Paula Gunn Allen
  • Black Elk Speaks by John G. Neihardt
  • Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown
  • Decolonizing Methodologies: Research and Indigenous Peoples by Linda Smith
  • Unsettling the Settler Within: Indian Residential Schools, Truth Telling, and Reconciliation in Canada by Paulette Regan
  • Tradition, Performance, and Religion in Native America: Ancestral Ways, Modern Selves by Dr. Dennis Kelley

Movies/Films:

  • In Whose Honor? American Indian Mascots in Sports by Charlene Teters
  • Incident at Oglala → Netflix
  • Rape on the Reservation by Vanguard
    • very triggering**
  • Reel Injuns → Netflix
  • A Good Day to die → Netflix
  • Smoke Signals → Netflix
  • Crooked Arrows → Netflix
  • Indian 101: The Story of Ladonna Harris
  • V-Day documentary (Pine Ridge section)
  • Two Spirit

Videos:

Websites/Blogs:

Suggested Education Topics:

  • A History of Oppression: Major events in Indigenous history
    • Colonization
    • White privilege
  • Traditional religious ceremonies and beliefs
    • Native American Religious Freedom Act
  • Manifest Destiny, boarding schools, and assimilation
  • Wounded knee Massacre → history and significance/impact
    • Lakota Ghost Dance
  • American Indian Movement of 1970s
    • Occupation of Wounded Knee site in 1973
    • Occupation of Alcatraz
  • Health issues
    • Food insecurity, Diabetes/obesity
    • Alcoholism
    • Suicide rates/mental health issues
  • Homelessness and poverty
    • Unemployment
    • Housing crisis/overcrowding
  • Environmental issues
    • Oil; pipelines
    • Lumber
    • Fishing
    • Water rights
    • Land rights
  • Cultural appropriation
    • Mascots, costumes
    • Representation of Native Americans in media, fashion, Hollywood
  • Women’s advocacy
    • VAWA = violence against women act
    • Impact of historical trauma
  • Casinos — Blessing or curse?
  • Education systems
    • What are the education systems on a rez like? Do they teach traditional languages/beliefs, etc?
    • How do racist mascots affect Native youth?
    • Myths of college (i.e. scholarships)
    • Representation at universities
      • Blood quantum myths and problems?
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