Cultural Resource Bibliography

Struggle for the Land

A compilation of stories depicting the on-going struggles of Indigenous North American peoples to retain not only their lands, but their integrity, culture, language and their very Health, in the face of genocidal exploitation by corporate America.The author makes a very valid point that this very serious threat to Indigenous peoples also represents a threat to all North Americans, as the ecological havoc being wreaked cannot be contained within reservation areas. 

Spirit Car (Journey To A Dakota Past)

Moving and poignant tale about the anguish of colonization and its divisive effects on Indigenous peoples. This is the story of one person’s experience of “coming to know” about her Indigenous roots. It is a good read and a story familiar to anyone who has had to reclaim their culture while living in the midst of everything else but that culture. Inspires the reader with hope that such a challenge is far from insurmountable. If you have ever lived in Rapid City you will encounter some familiar settings.(Literature/History)

Sister Nations

An anthology of fiction, prose and poetry by contemporary Native women. Rich in oral literature and creative energy. With a foreward by Winona La Duke. (Used as a resource book for Indigenous Health classes at Nawayee Center School in Minneapolis)(Literature) 

Savage Inequalities

A collection of essays/case studies put together to illustrate the inequities of the Public school system in America. Exposes the great “extremes of wealth and poverty in America’s school system and the blighting effect this has on poor children, especially those in cities.” “Gets to the heart of the matter.”A searing expose of the disparity of educational wealth in American schools, especially those in urban areas. Cites the Reagan-Bush era as having set American education back one hundred years. Savage Inequalities, indeed… 

Sacred Fireplace

 Pete Catches shares his vision of how the Lakota nation will be revived,reinvigorated and revitalized. This book describes his struggles to embrace the Spotted Eagle medicine way, Lakota oral traditions and ceremonies, and reflections on the history and culture of his people and on his own life.(Native American Indian History and Culture) 

Red Pedagogy

An excellent book about the relevance of and need for Indigenous forms of education as a means to cultural survival for Indigenous peoples and for the survival of the human bioshere as a whole. For myself, it more clearly defines and distniguishes two paradigms: Indigenous civilization versus Colonial civilization.(Education) 

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