Hi, I’m Natalie, one of MA’s new faculty members (I am so excited about this)! This blog post started as an inquiry about this book that I thought would be a good resource for MA community members interested in learning more about Native America’s relationship with the Unites States.
Custer Died for Your Sins: An Indian Manifesto by Vine Deloria Jr.
This is a humorous, a brief history of issues facing contemporary Native America. Deloria Jr (Standing Rock Sioux), despite being published in 1969.
Description: A collection of eleven humorous essays critical of aid organizations, government assistance programs, and anthropologists who aim to understand or help Indigenous people rather than giving the money directly to Indigenous people so they can help themselves. Also advocates for Native American religion and calls for the restructuring of the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West by Dee Alexander Brown
I remember reading this when I was in high school. This a long, and emotionally and technically challenging book, but I would encourage MA students to read before graduating!
Description: Traces the white man’s conquest of the Indians of the American West, emphasizing major Indian Wars.
Ten Little Indians by Sherman Alexie
Sherman Alexie is a powerful storyteller. What I really love about his writing is that a child could start with his children’s book (“Thunder Boy Jr.”, beautifully illustrated by Yuyi Morales), read “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian” as an adolescent, and then move on to his other novels and short story collections by the time they reached high school, and always find a new path to writing. “Ten Little Indians,” was my first introduction to Sherman Alexie, as an adult, and I was hooked. I am grateful for the moments that Alexie has captured that resonate, or give insight about, the experience of being a contemporary, urban, Native American.
Description: Contains nine short fiction stories about Native Americans struggling with personal and cultural challenges.
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