Cultural Resource Bibliography


Stories and essays portraying indigenous men and women walking in two worlds, namely the almost invisible worldview of Indigenous peoples and the pervasive colonial mindset of the rest of America, personified by urban life in Chicago.

Rez Bomb

Set on and around Pine Ridge reservation, this is a thriller about a young interracial couple who get into trouble with a loan shark after one of their cash scams fails. Deals with issues common to South Dakota such as :racism, poverty and inter-generational trauma. Filmed on location and they don’t pretty things up for the movie.

Rabbit-Proof Fence

This is a powerful true story of hope and survival and has been met with international acclaim. At a time when it was Australian government policy to abduct aboriginal children and train them as domestic workers, young Molly Craig decides to lead her little sister and cousin in a daring escape from their internment camp. Molly and the girls, part of Australia’s “Stolen Generations,” must then elude the colonial authorities on a dangerous 1,500-mile journey along the “rabbit-proof” fence that bisects the continent and will lead them home.

American Outrage

Documents the immoral and illegal prosecution and persecution of two Western Shosone sisters, Carrie and Mary Dann for the “crime” of grazing their horses on their tribal lands.It comes as no surprise that their are mineral resources beneath their lands that corporate and government interests want to appropriate…

What Does Justice Look Like?

“This powerful book reveals the untold history of Minnesota and the valuable contributions of Native people.Through research and oral history,Waziyatawin humanizes Dakota people, so the non-Indian does not have to rely on stereotyped images.This book should be required reading for all high school and college students in Minnesota, so all of Minnesota’s peoples can begin reconciliation and seek justice for all.”

In The Footsteps Of Our Ancestors

In the Footsteps of Our Ancestors is a collection of essays and photos that tell the story of the Dakota Death March of November 1862. In the aftermath of the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862, roughly 1,700 Dakota women, children, and elders were forcibly marched from the Lower Sioux Agency in southern Minnesota to a concentration camp at Fort Snelling. Those who survived this march and the subsequent hard winter were eventually removed from their homeland.


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