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Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee

Brown, Dee



“Published in 1970 at the height of the activist movements, Brown’s reassessment of the 19th-century wars between Indians and the federal government resonated with a generation of Americans.”

The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee

Treuer, David

970.004 TRE

“Ultimately, Treuer’s powerful book suggests the need for soul-searching about the meanings of American history and the stories we tell ourselves about this nation’s past.”

Blood and Thunder

Sides, Hampton



History of the Navajo resistance to westward expansion during the years of Kit Carson and Manifest Destiny.

Facing East from Indian Country

Richter, Daniel K.

970 RIC

A focus on the Eastern woodland native communities before and after the American Revolution.

The Original Vermonters

Haviland, William

VT 974.3 HAV

Focuses on the Native American presence in Vermont, past and present.

The Unredeemed Captive

Demos, John

973.2 DEM

Story of a colonial captive from Deerfield, Massachusetts and the Mohawk family she refused to leave.


Philbrick, Nathaniel

973.22 PHI

Interwoven with the story of the Pilgrims is the story of the Wampanoags-Massasoit, Squanto and Philip.

Black Elk Speaks

Neihardt, John

978 NEI

A well-known and influential title that has become controversial—as many Lakota people and scholars do not consider the material to be an accurate representation of their beliefs.

Killers of the Flower Moon

Grann, David

976.6 GRA

After oil is discovered on the Osage Indian nation, the wealthy Osage begin to be murdered and a newly formed FBI investigates.

The Scalpel and the Silver Bear

Alvord, Lori

92 ALV

Attempts to merge holistic healing and modern high-tech medicine are not new, but the perspective of a Navajo woman surgeon makes this very personal account unique.

Braiding Sweetgrass

Kimmerer, Robin Wall



Botanist and member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation merges indigenous knowledge of the natural world with her training as a scientist.

Heart Berries

Mailhot, Terese

92 MAI

A raw poetic memoir  by a First Nation woman, called “an Iliad for the indigenous” by Sherman Alexie.

You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me

Alexie, Sherman

92 ALE

The story of the popular Native American author’s difficult upbringing.

One Thousand White Women

Fergus, Jim


Tale of a woman who travels West in 1875 to marry the chief of the Cheyenne Nation.

The Vengeance of Mothers

Fergus, Jim


Sequel to One Thousand White Women, an adventure that explores questions of identity and culture.

The Round House

Erdrich, Louise


Erdrich won the National Book Award for her return to the North Dakota Ojibwe community she introduced in The Plague of Doves (2008)—in this story about the aftermath of a rape.

The Plague of Doves

Erdrich, Louise


A novel  about the Ojibwes and the whites they live among in North Dakota spirals around a terrible multiple murder that reverberates down through generations of a community.

The Painted Drum

Erdrich, Louise


The worlds of ancestry and tradition, humans and animals (notably, wolves and ravens), living and remembering and dreaming, are here rendered here with extraordinary clarity and insistent emotional impact.

The Bingo Palace

Erdrich, Louise


The Bingo Palace" is set firmly in the present: gambling halls and ramshackle government housing now define the landscape; the old ways, tribal rituals and beliefs, are increasingly artifacts.

The Antelope Wife

Erdrich, Louise


Erdrich fashions a powerful and dauntingly elliptical tale of obsession and separation that moves backward and forward through time from Northern Plains Indian settlements to present-day Minneapolis.

The Birchbark House

Erdrich, Louise


With a title and structure that inescapably recall Laura Ingalls Wilder’s family stories, Louise Erdrich here paints a detailed portrait of Ojibwa life in the mid-nineteenth century.

Dawn Land

Bruchac, Joseph


Bruchac's first novel--based on Native American legends, tall tales, and myths, and especially suitable as a YA--follows a young warrior on a vision quest into the unknown.

Hidden Roots

Bruchac, Joseph


Eventually, Uncle Louis tells the secret: they are Abenaki Indians, not whites, closeted because of sterilization laws enacted against Indians in Vermont during those decades.

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Alexie, Sherman


Alexie nimbly blends sharp wit with unapologetic emotion in his first foray into young-adult literature.

Song of the Lion

Hillerman, Anne


Tribal divisions cause tensions that result in a car bomb in this mystery—or is the motive something closer to home?

This Tender Land

Krueger, William Kent


For fans of Where the Crawdads Sing, a novel about four orphans, escaped from the Lincoln School, a pitiless place where hundreds of Native American children, forcibly separated from their parents, are sent to be educated.

There There

Orange, Tommy


His novel is about urban Indians, “We know the sound of the freeway better than we do rivers, the howl of distant trains better than wolf howls, we know the smell of gas and freshly wet concrete and burned rubber better than we do the smell of cedar or sage or even fry bread.”