The American Indian College Fund compiled a list of educational resources for those interested in building their awareness about American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) experiences in historical and modern times. We hope these resources, from a variety of sources, will initiate conversations on Indigenous issues in the 21st century and express how we can better support and learn from Native peoples.
- The Round House by Louise Erdrich
- Cheyenne Madonna by Eddie Chucalate
- Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko
- There, There by Tommy Orange
- Neither Wolf nor Dog by Kent Nerbern
- God is Red and Custer Died for Your Sins by Vine DeLoria Jr.
- 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus by Charles C. Mann
- The Inconvenient Indian by Thomas King
- The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee (a National Book Award finalist) and Rez Life by David Treuer
- Crazy Brave by Joy Harjo, America’s National Poet Laureate
- Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann
- Black Elk Speaks by Black Elk
- Braiding Sweet Grass by Robin Kimmerer
- A Separate Country: Postcoloniality and American Indian Nations by Elizabeth Cook-Lynn
- Anti-Indianism in Modern America: A Voice from Tatekeya’s Earth Nations by Elizabeth Cook-Lynn
- Politics of Hallowed Ground: Wounded Knee and the Struggle for Indian Sovereignty (with Mario Gonzalez) by Elizabeth Cook-Lynn
- Why I Can’t Read Wallace Stegner and Other Essays: A Tribal Voice by Elizabeth Cook-Lynn
- Indian Horse by Richard Wagamase
- Indian Horse
- Smoke Signals
- Rabbit-Proof Fence
- Wind River
- Frozen Rivers
- How the West Was Lost (PBS series)
Inclusivity Included podcasts:
- The American Indian College Fund: Changing the face of higher education—Cheryl Crazy Bull, president and CEO, and Emily White Hat, J.D., vice president of programs, of the American Indian College Fund, discuss the indigenous populations they serve, the College Fund’s transformative advocacy work, and how individuals and organizations can support Native Americans. Reed Smith Global Chief Diversity Officer John Iino and Global D&I Advisor Iveliz Crespo moderate the episode.
- Rethinking history through an indigenous lens–Every November, Native American Heritage Month provides a national platform for indigenous people to shed light on their communities. In the Inclusivity Included podcast by Reed Smith (named by Business Insider as one of the top podcasts addressing diversity and inclusion today) listeners can hear about the complex cultures and traditions of Indigenous communities and the often-overlooked history that continues to shape the inequities they experience today. Speakers include American Indian College Fund scholars Jacob McArthur, a member of White Earth Ojibwe Nation, and Tori McConnell, a member of the Yurok tribe. Dina Horwedel, director of public education at the American Indian College Fund also joins the students, along with hosts John Iino and Iveliz Crespo.
- Native Opinion—Learn about issues of the day from a Native American lens.
- Let’s Talk Native, With John Kane– a Mohawk activist and educator speaks about issues of the day.
- The Red Nation Podcast-Native youth share what they think about the world around them.
- This Land– A primer about Native land theft
- Toasted Sister-Native food.
- The Cuts– Sterlin Harjo interviews Native people.
- All My Relations– Artist Matika Wilbur, a photographer and member of the Swinomish and Tulalip Tribes, hosts this podcast about Native issues.
- IllumiNative (web site and podcast) https://illuminatives.org
- Native America Calling (online radio and podcast) https://www.kunm.org/programs/native-america-calling
- Inclusivity Included: Powerful Personal Stories https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/inclusivity-included-powerful-personal-stories/id1500990232
- COVID’s Economic Devastation on Tribal Lands (Tribal Economies and Native Communities) https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/covids-economic-devastation-on-tribal-lands/id1144712710?i=1000485688252
- Native American Students Reflect on Their Experiences in School https://www.kcet.org/shows/departures/native-american-students-reflect-on-their-experiences-in-school
- Response: Meeting the Needs of Native American Students (Mix of Podcast + Media/Blog) https://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/classroom_qa_with_larry_ferlazzo/2019/04/response_meeting_the_needs_of_native_american_students.html
- “Indigenous Perspectives on Native Student Challenges in Higher Education” by Robin Zape-tah-hol-ah Minthorne, Higher Education Today, a blog by American Council on Education, January 28, 2020 https://www.higheredtoday.org/2020/01/28/indigenous-perspectives-native-student-challenges-higher-education/
- “The Federal Government Gives Native Students an Inadequate Education, and Gets Away with It” by Alden Woods, ProPublica, August 6, 2020 https://www.propublica.org/article/the-federal-government-gives-native-students-an-inadequate-education-and-gets-away-with-it
- “How Could COVID-19 Affect Native American Student Enrollment in Higher Ed?” by Steven Blackburn, University Business, May 22, 2020 https://universitybusiness.com/covid-19-affect-native-students-native-american-studentenrollment/#:~:text=A%20high%20percentage%20of%20Native,native%20reservations%20 wil l%20likely%20grow
- “On Campus and Off, Dinée Dorame ’15 Encourages College for Native Students” by Susan Gonzalez, Yale News, October 4, 2017 https://news.yale.edu/2017/10/04/campus-and-dinee-dorame-15-encourages-college-native-students
- “The University Experience Wasn’t Made for Native Students Like Me” by Aliyah Chavez, Indian Country Today, September 6, 2019 https://indiancountrytoday.com/news/the-university-experience-wasn-t-made-for-native-students-like-me-NumDeZFg0kWHq9JrRC-pwA/2020-10-07T18:57:20.2079670Z/GPq57Vs6PEKJDlH2djrYqw
- Indian Country Today online newspaper and podcast https://indiancountrytoday.com/
- Race and Equity in Education https://hechingerreport.org/as-coronavirus-ravaged-indian-country-the-federal-government-failed-its-schools/
- National Congress of American Indians website https://ncai.org
- American Indian Higher Education Consortium web site (the American Indian College Fund’s parent organization) – American Indian higher education issues https://www.aihec.org
- Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian https://americanindian.si.edu/
- The Heard Museum https://heard.org/
- Eiteljorg Museum https://eiteljorg.org/
- Institute of American Indian Arts Museum https://iaia.edu/mocna/
- Native American Rights Foundation https://www.narf.org/
- Striving to Achieve: Helping Native American Students Succeed https://www.ncsl.org/Portals/1/documents/statetribe/strivingtoachieve.pdf
- Native Scholars Need Help Now, More Than Ever (ACT Blog by President Cheryl Crazy Bull) https://equityinlearning.act.org/equity-in-action/native-scholars-need-help-now-more-than-ever/
- Response: Meeting the Needs of Native American Students (Mix of Podcast + Media/Blog) https://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/classroom_qa_with_larry_ferlazzo/2019/04/response_ meeting_the_needs_of_native_american_students.html
- Johnson v M’Intosh, the “Doctrine of Discovery.” The U.S. Supreme Court held that the discovery of land (even when Natives lived there for generations) gives the discovering party the exclusive right to settle, possess, and govern the land, and the absolute title to the soil (subject to certain rights of occupancy held by Natives). This landmark decision, written by Chief Justice Marshall in 1823, established systemic discrimination of Natives in favor of settlers.