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AN 320: Native Peoples of North America

First of all, the Bureau of Indian Affairs has a tribal leaders directory with all federally recognized tribes and their websites. There are nearly 600 federally recognized tribes (link takes you to the National Indian Law Library, which also has links to state-recognized tribes and non-federally recognized tribes [although the latter is an old list]).

In addition to the name, there are a few different subject headings to use: "Native Peoples", "Indigenous Peoples", "Indians", "Indians of North America", "Indians of Mexico", or "Indians of Central America" when you are searching the library catalog. Adding individual tribes or cultural attirbutes with these can narrow down your search. This holds true for the WorldCat and (sort of) MelCat catalogs as well.

Google news is another source.

Contemporary Native American media links (no single source, unfortunately):
News media, TV & Radio links from Nativeweb (some links are dead).
Tribal Court Clearinghouse.
Native media listing from Native Culture Links (film & video, journals & newspapers & Internet news sources, radio & TV).
Native broadcasters and media organizations from Native Media Resource Center.
Wisconsin Judicare links.

Canada: List of First Nations periodicals (and other media) from wikipedia, Nationtalk (daily Aboriginal specific news), Firstnationsseeker--organized by language group or region in North America with links to official websites. Bow Valley College has a library resource page similar to this one as does Thompson Rivers University and Vancouver Community College.

Government Links

Bureau of Indian Affairs. Established in 1824, this is the oldest bureau in the Department of the Interior. Information can be found on many topics including: economic development, gaming, education, self-determination, self-government.

United States Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. Re-established in 1977. The Committee has jurisdiction to study the unique problems of American Indian, Native Hawaiian, and Alaska Native peoples and to propose legislation to alleviate these difficulties. List of publications from this committee back to 1985.

The House, within the the Committee on Natural Resources, has the subcommittee Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs.

The National Conference of State Legislatures has a portal on State-Tribal relations, which includes a list of state committees and commissions on Indian affairs and a database on current legislation that can affect tribal communities.

USA.gov is the official U.S. Government search engine, which includes tribal websites. This link takes you to the tribes portal.

Canada: Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada, and the Assembly of First Nations.

US Census data on American Indian & Alaskan Native Tribes, and Aboriginal Peoples from StatsCanada.

Internet Resources and Directories of Native American Cultures.

Databases at NMU: I will refer you back to the Electronic Resources Available at NMU section of the AN 100 Course guide. The OneSearch feature, shown above, searches across many databases.

Electronic resources coverning Anthropology available through NMU.
Don't forget the Geography listing of that page for additional resurces.

National Indian Education Association
Under their Research tab are links to statistics, reports, and the Native American Education Associations in each state. Also on the webiste is a list of tribal colleges and universities as well as links to NAS programs in the US.

Arctic Circle
Collection of links from the University of Connecticut on peoples of the Arctic--not limited to North America.

Native American Links
Resources compiled in conjunction with the American Indian Library Association (their list of resources is good, too).

Our Mother Tongues.
A resource highlighting the revitalization of Native American spoken languages.

List of Federal Websites For and About American Indians from the Oklahoma State Library, and a list of resources for Michigan Tribal Libaries.

Latin American Network and Information Center
Extensive list of resources including society and culture, geography and environment, social sciences, and humaities.

Regarding Internet resources, you've been surfing for years now, but do you ask yourself these questions when you land on a website? Do you have the guts to use a resource you've found online without checking it out first? And regarding this class, Techniques for Evaluating American Indian Web Sites--from 2000 but still relevant.

Index of Native American Resources on the Internet.

Google Books Advanced Search. A hit-and-miss resource. You might get lucky and find that a book or journal has been digitized.

Reference Resources (available on the 3rd floor).

Oxford Reference Online. Full-text reference collection covering subjects from art & architrecture to science.

Handbook of Indians North of Mexico. Hodge, Frederick Webb.
E51 .U6 no.30, volumes 1&2

Encyclopedia of North American Indians. Hoxie, Frederick E., editor.
E 76.2 .E53 1996. (also available as an ebook).

Handbook of North American Indians. Sturtevant, William C., general editor. This series has been years in the making and is not yet complete. Call number E76.2 .H36, volumes 2-15, 17.

  • v. 2. Indians in contemporary society / Garrick A. Bailey, volume ed.
  • v. 3. Environment, origins, and population
  • v. 4. History of Indian-White relations / Wilcomb E. Washburn, volume ed.
  • v. 5. Arctic
  • v. 6. Subarctic
  • v. 7. Northwest coast
  • v. 8. California
  • v. 9. Southwest
  • v. 10. Southwest
  • v. 11. Great Basin
  • v. 12. Plateau
  • v. 13. Plains
  • v. 14. Southeast / Raymond D. Fogelson, volume editor
  • v. 15. Northeast
  • v. 17. Languages

A Native American Encyclopedia: History, Culture, and Peoples. Pritzker, Barry M.
E76.2 .P75 2000.

Historical and Statistical Information Respecting the History, Condition, and Prospects of the Indian Tribes of the United States. Schoolcraft, Henry Rowe.
E77 .S383, volumes 1-6

Handbook of Indians of Canada. Hodge, Frederick Webb.
E78.C2 H6 1971, in reference and 3rd floor.

Native American Ethnobotany. Moerman, Daniel E.
E 98 .B7 M66 1998

Handbook of Middle American Indians. Wauchope, Robert, general editor.
F1434 .H3, volumes 1-16.

The Indians of Central and South America: an Ethnohistorical Dictionary. Olson, James S.
F 1434 .O45 1991.

Handbook of Latin American Studies. University of Texas (Austin) Press.
F 1406 .H23 (volumes 1-46). Also available online.

Atlas of the North American Indian, 3rd edition. Waldman, Carl.
G1106 .E1 W3 2009.

Bureau of American Ethnology Annual Reports. Smithsonian Institute, Bureau of American Ethnology (BAE). Online from the National Library of France. Smithsoinan Institute's list of publications of the BAE can be found at this link, and some digitized copies at this link.

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