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

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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