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  • Lakota America: A New History of Indigenous Power, Pekka Hamalainen
  • An Indigenous People’s History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
    2015 Recipient of the American Book Award; the first history of the US told from the perspective of indigenous peoples.
  • The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present, David Treuer
    How Native Americans have struggled to preserve their tribes and cultures, using resourcefulness and reinvention in the face of overwhelming opposition.
  • Shapes of Native Nonfiction: Collected Essays by Contemporary Writers, edited by Elissa Washuta and Theresa Waburton
    Indigenous non-fiction, essay and autobiography that grapples with colonization, trauma and loss.
  • Unworthy Republic: The Dispossession of Native Americas and the Road to Indian Territory,Claudio Saunt
    “A much-needed rendering of a disgraceful episode in American history that has been too long misunderstood.” – Peter Cozzens, Wall Street Journal
  • Custer Died for Your Sins: An Indian Manifesto, Vine Deloria, Jr. Standing Rock Sioux activist, professor, and attorney Vine Deloria, Jr., shares his thoughts about US race relations, federal bureaucracies, Christian churches, and social scientists in a collection of eleven eye-opening essays infused with humor. Originally published in 1969, this book remains a timeless classic and is one of the most significant nonfiction works written by a Native American.
  • They Met at Wounded Knee : The Eastmans’ Story by Gretchen Cassel Eick, University of Nevada Press, October 2020
    A brilliant history of the US genocidal policy of elimination or assimilation as the choice presented to Indigenous Peoples of the United States
  • Carry: A Memoir of Survival on Stolen Land, by Toni Jensen, Ballantine Press, 2020
    “[A] debut memoir from a Native author enmeshed in the American way of violence, alienation, and death . . . a powerful rejection of a culture that has always been grounded in violence and intimidation.”—Kirkus Reviews
  • Neither Wolf Nor Dog: On Forgotten Roads With an Indian Elder by Kent Nerburn
    25th Anniversary Edition, New World Library, 2019
    Against an unflinching backdrop of 1990s reservation life and the majestic spaces of the western Dakotas, Neither Wolf nor Dog tells the story of two men, one white and one Indian, locked in their own understandings yet struggling to find a common voice. The book takes us past the myths and stereotypes of the Native American experience, revealing an America few ever see.
  • A Mind Spread Out on the Ground, by Alicia Elliott. Melville House, 2020
    Author’s memoir details a life spent between Indigenous and white communities, a divide reflected in her own family, and engages with such wide-ranging topics as race, parenthood, love, art, mental illness, poverty, sexual assault, gentrification, and representation. Throughout, she makes thrilling connections both large and small between the past and present, the personal and political.
  • Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann.
    After oil was discovered on their land in the 1920’s, the Osage were the richest people per capita in the world. Then, one by one, they began to be killed.
  • Bad Indian: A Tribal Memoir by Deborah Miranda.
    “Bad Indians” brings the human story of California’s indigenous community sharply into focus. It’s a narrative long obscured and distorted by celebrations of Christian missionaries and phony stories about civilization coming to a golden land.” –
    Frederick E. Homie, University of Illinois Professor
  • Red Nation Rising: From Bordertown Violence to Native Liberation
    PM Press, July 6, 2021
    This book is a manual for navigating the extreme violence that Native people experience in reservation bordertowns and a manifesto for indigenous liberation that builds on long traditions of Native resistance to bordertown violence.”

  • Dwellings: A Spiritual History of the Living World by Linda Hogan
    W.W. Norton and Co., Inc., August 1, 1995
    “The author honors the spirit of all living things…..teaches us about cultures whose understanding of the word are often at odds with one another and with other species, about Native people’s sacrifices and gifts, and the Indian tradition as a means of finding balance, of restoring our relationship to the earth.”