Reading List: History
|The Blue Tattoo: The Life of Olive Oatman (Women in the West)
Margot Mifflin, University of Nebraska Press, 2009
In 1851 Olive Oatman was a thirteen-year old pioneer traveling west toward Zion, with her Mormon family. Within a decade, she was a white Indian with a chin tattoo, caught between cultures. The Blue Tattoo tells the harrowing story of this forgotten heroine of frontier America. Orphaned when her family was brutally killed by Yavapai Indians, Oatman lived as a slave to her captors for a year before being traded to the Mohave, who tattooed her face and raised her as their own. She was fully assimilated and perfectly happy when, at nineteen, she was ransomed back to white society.
Based on historical records, including letters and diaries of Oatman’s friends and relatives, The Blue Tattoo is the first book to examine her life from her childhood in Illinois—including the massacre, her captivity, and her return to white society—to her later years as a wealthy banker’s wife in Texas.
|Custer Died for Your Sins: An Indian Manifesto
Vine Deloria Jr., University of Oklahoma Press;
Reprint edition, April 1, 1988.
It seems that each generation will have to read and reread Vine Deloria’s “Manifesto” for some time to come, before we absorb what he tells us (with a great deal of humor) about U.S. race relations, federal bureaucracies, Christian churches, and social scientists. This book should to be required reading for all Americans, whatever their special interest.
Bruce Johansen and Donald Grinde Jr., Santa Fe: Clear Light Publishers Inc., 1998
Recounts the ongoing debate over the “Influence Theory,” the Haudenosaunee’s (Iroquois) Great Law of Peace’s effect on the formation of the United States Constitution.
|Exiled in the Land of the Free
Oren Lyons, John Mohawk, Vine Deloria Jr., eds. Santa Fe, Clear Light Publishing, 1992.
These important essays by Native American leaders and scholars present persuasive evidence that the American colonists and U.S. founding fathers borrowed from the Iroquois Confederacy and other Indian political institutions in drafting the U.S. Constitution and in creating democratic traditions, and review the effects of rulings by the Supreme Court on dominion and land claims.
|For An Amerindian Autohistory
Georges E. Sioui, (translated by Sheila Fischman). Montreal: McGill University Press, 1992.
This work is a metahistory of moral reflection, and the need for human beings to establish intellectual and emotional connections with the entire living world in order to achieve abundance, quality, and peace.
|For This Land: Writings on Religion in America
Vine Deloria, Jr., New York and London: Routledge, 1999.
Brings together over thirty years of Vine Deloria’s work, expressing his concern for the religious dimensions and implication of human existence.
|God is Red, A Native View of Religion
Vine Deloria Jr., Fulcrum Publishing; 2nd edition, 1994.
This work critiques the Western spiritual world view and its effect on Native Americans and society as a whole.
|In the Absence of the Sacred, The Failure of Technology and the Survival of the Indian Nations
Jerry Mander. San Francisco: Sierra Club Books, 1991
Urging us to come to a fuller understanding of the perils of technology, Mander explores the sociopolitical ramifications of technological innovation and the spiritual wisdom of Native Peoples, desperately needed by us at this moment in time.
|Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong
James W. Loewen. New York: The New Press; March 2005.
In this revised and updated edition, James Loewen surveys six new high school history textbooks written since the first edition of Lies was published. In his inimitable style, he adds material to each of the chapters noting where new books are more accurate and where they are still fatally flawed. A must-read for teachers.
|New York University, Review of Law & Social Change
Volume XX No. 2, 1993
This important issue from the colloquium, “The Native American Struggle: Conquering The Rule of Law” contains speeches by Leonard Peltier, Lorraine Canoe, and Oren Lyons and includes papers by Jack F Trope, Mark Save, Steven Paul McSloy, and Jo Corrillo. Steven T. Newcomb’s paper, “The Evidence of Christian Nationalism in Federal Indian Law: The Doctrine of Discovery, Johnson v. McIntosh, and Plenary Power” provides an important treatise of the basis upon which all land claims rest in the United States.
|Popay: Architect of the First American Revolution: August 10, 1680
Joe Sando, Santa Fe: Clear Light Books, 2005.
To the Spaniards he was known as El Popay, the man from San Juan Pueblo who led the successful Pueblo Revolt of 1680 in what is now New Mexico. For Pueblo Indians, Popay is celebrated as the revolutionary figure without whom they would not have survived.
|Red Earth, White Lies: Native Americans and the Myth of Scientific Fact
Vine Deloria Jr., New York: Scribner, 1995
Examines modern science as it relates to Native American oral history. Deloria turns his audacious intellect and fiery indignation to an examination of modern science as it relates to Native American oral history and exposes the myth of scientific fact, defending Indian mythology as the more truthful account of the history of the earth.
|Reuben Snake: Your Humble Serpent – Indian Visionary and Activist
As told to Jay C. Fikes, Santa Fe: Clear Light Publishers, 1996.
In this autobiography, Snake reflects on his experiences in politics, as leader and member of the National American Church, with humor and insight.
|The Conquest of America. How the Indian Nations Lost Their Continent
Hans Koning, NY: Monthly Review Press, 1993.
The late author Hans Koning provides, in ten short chapters, a brilliant account of the ongoing war waged by Europeans against the Native Peoples of the Americas over five centuries after Columbus’s arrival. From the Spanish conquest to the colonization of North America, Koning frames the U.S. policy toward indigenous and foreign peoples.
|Indian Givers, How the Indian of the Americas Transformed the World
Jack Weatherford. New York: Fawcett Columbine, 1988
The discovery and conquest of the “New World” changed the “Old World” forever, from economy and diet to the concept of personal freedom. Anthropologist Weatherford examines the contributions of the Western Hemispheres’ Indigenous peoples.
|A Little Matter of Genocide: Holocaust and Denial in the Americas 1492 to the Present
Ward Churchill, City Lights Publishers (January 1998)
Ward Churchill, explores the history of holocaust and denial in this hemisphere, beginning with the arrival of Columbus and continuing on into the present.
|Wisdom of the Elders: Honoring Sacred Native Visions of Nature
David Suzuki and Peter Knudston. New York: Bantam Books, 1992.
Wisdom of the Elders is the first book to explore shared beliefs of the delicate interrelationship between humans and the environment contained in both Western science and the wisdom of Native Peoples around the world.
|All Our Relations: Native Struggles for Land and Life
Winona LaDuke, South End Press (October 15, 1999)
An in-depth account of Native resistance to environmental and cultural degradation. LaDuke’s unique understanding of Native ideas and people is borne from long years of experience, and is deepened by inspiring testimonies from local Native activists sharing the struggle for survival.
|Kanatsiohareke Traditional Mohawk Indians Return to Ancestral Homeland (Hardcover)
Tom Porter John Mohawk Doug George-Kanentiio, Bowman Books (2006)
KANATSIOHAREKE (pronounced Ga na jo ha lay gay) is the true account of how a small group of traditional Kanienkehaka (Mohawks) set out to fulfill a prophesy of hope and determination. Generation after generation of these First Nations People had passed on the story of how they would someday return to the homeland of their ancestors, the Mohawk River Valley in central New York State. In that place, they would reestablish a community where they would work hard to revitalize and teach their cultural traditions, language and spirituality.
|Indigenous Peoples in International Law
S. James Anaya
Oxford University Press, USA; 2 edition (September 23, 2004)
In this thoroughly revised and updated edition of the first book-length treatment of the subject, S. James Anaya incorporates references to all the latest treaties and recent developments in the international law of indigenous peoples. Anaya demonstrates that, while historical trends in international law largely facilitated colonization of indigenous peoples and their lands, modern international law’s human rights program has been modestly responsive to indigenous peoples’ aspirations to survive as distinct communities in control of their own destinies.
This book provides a theoretically grounded and practically oriented synthesis of the historical, contemporary and emerging international law related to indigenous peoples. It will be of great interest to scholars and lawyers in international law and human rights, as well as to those interested in the dynamics of indigenous and ethnic identity.
|In The Courts of the Conqueror: The 10 Worst Indian Law Cases Ever Decided
Walter R. Echo-Hawk,
Fulcrum Publishing; Reprint edition (July 17, 2012)
A vivid account of ten Supreme Court cases that changed the fate of Native Americans, providing the contemporary historical and political context of each case, and explaining how the decisions have adversely affected the cultural survival of Native people to this day.
|Working in Indian Country: Building Successful Business Relationships with American Indian Tribes
Larry D. Keown
Roberts & Ross Publishing; 1ST edition (October 29, 2010)
What is the First Step in Developing a Successful Business Relationship with any American Indian Tribe? Understanding that relationships come first and business comes second! That pearl of wisdom and others is what you will take away from Working in Indian Country. It is the definitive work on how to successfully build trust and long-term working relationships with tribal leaders. Born out of nearly twenty years of working with American Indian tribes both as a federal official and as a seminar facilitator, Larry Keown’s Working in Indian Country lays a foundation for relationship building based on redefining your leadership role through understanding history, trust, respect, honor, and tribal sovereignty. There is little doubt you will experience a paradigm shift in how you currently think about working with American Indian Tribes. Whether you are a government or corporate official, work for a non-profit organization, or merely have a personal interest about Working in Indian Country, this book will serve as your bible and should always be at “arms length” in your personal library. “Every organization dealing with American Indian tribes should have a line of top- management people who are familiar with the contents of this book.” Jeff Sanders Chair, Dept of Sociology et al. Montana State University – Billings