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Native American Heritage Month: About

Books, media, and research databases available through the CSULB Library that center indigenous American voices


From the National Congress of American Indians: "November is Native American Heritage Month, or as it is commonly referred to, American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month. The month is a time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native people. Heritage Month is also an opportune time to educate the general public about tribes, to raise a general awareness about the unique challenges Native people have faced both historically and in the present, and the ways in which tribal citizens have worked to conquer these challenges." 
CSULB stands on Puvungna, a sacred land and spiritual center to the Tongva/Gabrieleno, Acjachemen and many other Native people. Ways to support the indigenous peoples of Los Angeles: Donate to the Wishtoyo Chumash Foundation and to the Tongva Taraxat Paxaavxa Conservancy

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CSULB American Indian Student Council Picks
Moonshot: The Indigenous Comics Collection
An Indian among los Indígenas : a native travel memoir by Ursula pike
We Are Dancing for You Native Feminisms and the Revitalization of Women’s Coming-of-Age Ceremonies by Cutcha Risling Baldy
Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko,
Black Elk Speaks by John G. Neihardt
Ties That Bind by Tiya Miles
cooking the native way by Barbara Drake
tending the wild by Kat Anderson
split tooth by Tagaq
The business of fancydancing : stories and poems by Sherm Alexie
An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
Peace, power, righteousness : an indigenous manifesto by Taiaiake Alfred

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Documentaries & Feature Films
Moccasins And Microphones: Modern Native American Storytelling Through Performance Poetry
Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World
Keepers of the Game: A Native American Girls lacrosse Team Fights for Equality
Songs My Brothers Taught Me

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Research Databases

American Indian Histories and Cultures

Manuscripts, artwork and rare printed books about indigenous Americans dating from the earliest contact with European settlers. Also includes photographs and newspapers from the mid-twentieth century.

American Indian Histories and Cultures

American Indian Experience

Contains over 150 full-text titles, primary documents and images documenting the American Indian experience. The database includes treaties, speeches, captivity narratives, maps, photographs, traditional tales and access to vetted Web sites.

The American Indian Experience

American Indian Newspapers

From historic pressings to contemporary periodicals, explore nearly 200 years of Indigenous print journalism from the US and Canada. Discover how events were reported by and for Indigenous communities.

American Indian Newspapers