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Native American Heritage Month

Native American Heritage Month 2018


Native American Heritage Month - November 

On August 3, 1990, President of the United StatesGeorge H. W. Bush declared the month of November as Native American Heritage Month. This commemorative month aims to provide a platform for Native people in the United States of America to share their culture, traditions, music, crafts, dance, and ways and concepts of life. This gives Native people the opportunity to express to their community, both city, county and state officials their concerns and solutions for building bridges of understanding and friendship in their local area.

Databases on This Topic in the CMU Libraries' Collection:

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Indigenous People of North America 

A comprehensive collection on the experience of the indigenous peoples of North America.




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Katsina Doll Virtual Exhibit

Featuring a unique donation of carvings, which are part of CMU’s Art Collection. Katsina dolls, of the Hopi tradition, have different meanings determined by the intent of the artist. This exhibit provides interpretation to explain the difference between ‘art and sacred’ as it relates to the carvings.




Browse Book Titles Included in the CMU Libraries' Collection:




Selected Titles from the CMU Libraries' Collection: 

All our relations : native struggles for land and life

American Indian politics and the American political system

American Indians and the fight for equal voting rights

Ancient complexities : new perspectives in Precolumbian North America

Apple in the middle

Beyond Germs  : Native Depopulation in North America

Beyond the Indian Act : restoring aboriginal property rights

Beyond two worlds : critical conversations on language and power in native North America

The Blind Man and the Loon: The Story of a Tale

Bowwow Powwow

Buffalo Bird Girl

By law or in justice : the Indian Specific Claims Commission and the struggle for indigenous justice

Challenging Colonial Narratives: Nineteenth-Century Great Lakes Archaeology

Chippewa Customs

Clothed-in-Fur and Other Tales

Colonialism, Community, and Heritage in Native New England

Contact, Colonialism, and Native Communities in the Southeastern United
StatesConversations with Remarkable Native Americans

Creating Private Sector Economies in Native America: Sustainable Development through Entrepreneurship

Dangerous Spirits: The Windigo in Myth and History


Deadly aim : the Civil War story of Michigan's Anishinaabe sharpshooters

Documents of American Indian removal

Documents of Native American political development

Documents of Native American political development: 1933 to present

Dreaming in Indian : contemporary Native American voices

Encyclopedia of United States Indian policy and law 

Feeding Cahokia: Early Agriculture in the North American Heartland

From Bear Rock Mountain : the life and times of a Dene residential school survivor

Fry Bread

Give me some truth : a novel with paintings

The Grass Shall Grow: Helen Post Photographs the Native American West

Guided by the Spirits: The Meanings of Life, Death, and Youth Suicide in an Ojibwa Community


Hearts unbroken

History of American Indians : exploring diverse roots

History of the Ojibway People

Indians in the United States and Canada : a comparative history

Indians on the Move: Native American Mobility and Urbanization in the Twentieth Century

Indians Playing Indian: Multiculturalism and Contemporary Indigenous Art in North America

Indian Voices : Listening to Native Americans

An indigenous peoples' history of the United States for young people

Indigenous Pop : Native American Music from Jazz to Hip Hop

In league against king alcohol : Native American women and the Woman's Christian Temperance Union, 1874-1933

Johnny's pheasantThe Indian World of George Washington: The First President, the First Americans, and the Birth of the Nation

Journalism, politics, and the Dakota Access Pipeline : Standing Rock and the framing of injustice
Mama, do you love me?

Masters of the middle waters : Indian nations and colonial ambitions along the Mississippi

My heart fills with happiness

Native American Almanac : more than 50,000 years of the cultures and histories of indigenous peoples

Native American music in eastern North America : experiencing music, expressing culture

Native American voices : a reader

Native Americans today : a biographical dictionary

Native but Foreign: Indigenous Immigrants and Refugees in the North American Borderlands

Native Diasporas : Indigenous Identities and Settler Colonialism in the Americas


Native hoops : the rise of American Indian basketball, 1895-1970

Native Provenance: The Betrayal of Cultural Creativity

#NotYourPrincess : voices of Native American women

North America before the European invasions

Objects of Survivance: A Material History of the American Indian School Experience

One voice rising : the life of Clifford Duncan

Pathways to indigenous nation sovereignty: a chronicle of Federal Policy Developments

Pen and ink witchcraft : treaties and treaty making in American Indian history

Performing Indigeneity : Global Histories and Contemporary Experiences

Plundered skulls and stolen spirits : inside the fight to reclaim native America's culture

Prehistoric games of North American Indians: Subarctic to Mesoamerica

Red Bird sings : the story of Zitkala-̈Sa, Native American author, musician, and activist

Reclaiming the Reservation: Histories of Indian Sovereignty Suppressed and Renewed

Reproductive Justice : The Politics of Health Care for Native American Women

Resource exploitation in Native North America: a plague upon the peoples

Savages and scoundrels : the untold story of America's road to empire through Indian Territory

Self-determined stories : the indigenous reinvention of young adult literature

Shifting Grounds: Landscape in Contemporary Native American Art

Smoke Signals : Native Cinema Rising

Sovereign Entrepreneurs: Cherokee Small-Business Owners and the Making of Economic Sovereignty

Standing with Standing Rock : voices from the #NoDAPL movement

Stickhandling through the Margins: First Nations Hockey in Canada
The girl who loved wild horses

The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present

The Inconvenient Indian : A Curious Account of Native People in North America

The legend of the bluebonnet: an old tale of Texas

The woman who married a bear

Theft Is Property: Dispossession and Critical Theory

Treaties with American Indians: an encyclopedia of rights, conflicts, and sovereignty

Turtle Island : the story of North America's First People

Undefeated : Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football team

Unsettling truths : the ongoing, dehumanizing legacy of the doctrine of discovery

Urban tribes : Native Americans in the city


Violence over the Land: Indians and Empires in the Early American West

Voting in Indian country: the view from the trenches

We Are at Home: Pictures of the Ojibwe People