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Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West
Dee Brown, Holt Paperbacks, 2001
ISBN: 0805066691
First published in 1970, this extraordinary book changed the way Americans think about the original inhabitants of their country. Beginning with the Long Walk of the Navajos in 1860 and ending 30 years later with the massacre of Sioux men, women, and children at Wounded Knee in South Dakota, it tells how the American Indians lost their land and lives to a dynamically expanding white society.

Custer Died for Your Sins: An Indian Manifesto
Vine Deloria, University of Oklahoma Press, 1988
ISBN: 0806121297
It seems that each generation of whites and Indians will have to read and reread Vine Deloria’s Manifesto for some time to come, before we absorb his special, ironic Indian point of view and what he tells us, with a great deal of humor, about U.S. race relations, federal bureaucracies, Christian churches, and social scientists. This book continues to be required reading for all Americans, whatever their special interest.

Native American History: A Chronology of a Culture’s Vast Achievements and Their Links to World Events
Judith Nies, Ballantine Books, 1996
ISBN: 0345393503
Native American History is a breakthrough reference guide, the first book of its kind to recognize and explore the rich, unfolding experiences of the indigenous American peoples as they evolved against a global backdrop. This invaluable history takes an important first step toward a true understanding of the depth, breadth, and scope of a long-neglected aspect of our heritage.

The State of Native America: Genocide, Colonization and Resistance
Annette M Jaimes, South End Press, 1992
ISBN: 0896084248
This unprecedented anthology has quickly become the classic text for all who want to understand the problems confronted by native people in North America. It includes, among other topics, treaty rights and international status, self-governance, U.S. repression, spiritual hucksterism, resource development and uranium contamination on reservations, religious freedom, and the implications of the Columbus Quincentenary celebration.

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