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Jingle dancer
Giving thanks : a Native American good morning message
God is red : a native view of religion
The dance boots
Songs from the loom : a Navajo girl learns to weave
House of purple cedar
We are grateful : otsaliheliga
Native women of courage
The absolutely true diary of a part-time Indian
Native defenders of the environment
Dreaming in Indian : contemporary Native American voices
Trail of the dead #2
Walking on earth & touching the sky : poetry and prose by Lakota youth at Red Cloud Indian School
A man called Raven
Before Columbus : the Americas of 1491
How I became a ghost : a Choctaw Trail of Tears story #1
Bears make rock soup and other stories
In the footsteps of Crazy Horse
Itse selu : Cherokee harvest festival
Buffalo song
All our relations : native struggles for land and life
Not my girl
The Mishomis book : the voice of the Ojibway
The birchbark house
Navajo long walk : the tragic story of a proud people
Sitting Bull : Lakota warrior and defender of his people
Killer of enemies #1
For indigenous eyes only : a decolonization handbook
The creator
The blue roses
Sky dancers
Home to Medicine Mountain
Lincoln and the indians : Civil War policy and politics
The people shall continue
Iktomi and the ducks and other Sioux stories
Crazy Horse
Nanabosho & Porcupine
I am not a number
Muskrat will be swimming
Hidden roots
Dance in a buffalo skull
Mni sota makoce : the land of the Dakota
Mission to space
Follow the blackbirds
Buffalo Bird Girl : a Hidatsa story
Cell traffic : new and selected poems
Moccasin thunder : American Indian stories for today
Native athletes in action!
Hungry Johnny
Sacred wilderness
Beloved child : a Dakota way of life
Me funny : a far-reaching exploration of the humor, wittiness and repartee dominant among the First Nations people of North America, as witnessed, experienced and created directly by themselves, and with the inclusion of outside but reputable sources necessarily familiar with the indigenous sense of humour as seen from an objective perspective
A broken flute : the Native experience in books for children
As long as the river flows
Taku wadaka he? = (What do you see?)
An infinity of nations : how the native New World shaped early North America
My name is not easy
An indigenous peoples
Birch Coulie : the epic battle of the Dakota War
You don
Black Elk
The Dakota prisoner of war letters = Dakota Kaŝkapi Okicize Wowapi
Custer died for your sins : an Indian manifesto
A boy called Slow : the true story of Sitting Bull
The woman who outshone the sun : the legend of Lucia Zenteno = La mujer que brillaba aún más que el sol : la leyenda de Lucía Zenteno
Sharing the skies : Navajo astronomy
Wild berries = Pikaci-mīnisa
Native writers : voices of power
The Lone Ranger and Tonto fistfight in heaven
The Warriors
The displacement of native peoples
First laugh : welcome, baby!
The chichi hoohoo bogeyman
When I was eight
Eagle song
Songs of Shiprock Fair
Grandmother Spider brings the sun : a Cherokee story
Rethinking Columbus : the next 500 years
If I ever get out of here : a novel with paintings
Yum! ¡MmMm! ¡Qué rico! : Americas
"All the real Indians died off" : and 20 other myths about Native Americans

Access the MN American Indian Collection Literature collection here.

A large selection of fiction and non-fiction works written by Native authors and focusing on Native American culture has been added to our collection, which is made possible by a project of the Minnesota Office of Indian Education using federal funding, Library Service and Technology Act [LS 00-17-0024-17].

The collection boasts works such as “Buffalo Song” by Joseph Bruchac, “The Birchbark House” by Louise Erdrich and more, and offers something for all age groups from childhood to adulthood.

To access the full collection of works, library customers can search our catalog for “MN American Indian Literature” using the keyword search and quotation marks. While the collection was originally designed for use by educators teaching grades K-12, the materials have been wildly popular for audiences of all ages and backgrounds.

Click here to access the American Indian Literature Resources for Educators: An Annotated Bibliography. This document includes the MN English Language Arts Standards for K-12, the grade level served, the title and author of the recommended book, and an annotation.

A printable version of the American Indian book list is also available.

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