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

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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