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

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.

The Mahnomen Public Library will delay opening until noon on Friday, January 27 due to weather conditions in the area.
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