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Electronic Resources for American Indian, First Nations & Indigenous Studies

The purpose of this research guide is to focus on key Electronic Resources for American Indian, First Nations & Indigenous Studies, with an emphasis on the Native American experience in the United States.

Aboriginal Professional Association of Canada

This professional organization in Canada supports and promotes leadership in the Aboriginal professional community.

Center for World Indigenous Studies

This organization is devoted to a wider understanding and appreciation of ideas and knowledge of indigenous peoples, as well as the social and economic realities of indigenous nations.

First Peoples Worldwide

This organization focuses on funding local development projects in indigenous communities all over the world. They want to help communities achieve control of their own land, assets, intellectual property, and cultural rights.

Indigenous Foundations

An information resource on key topics relating to the histories, politics, and cultures of the Aboriginal peoples of Canada. Curated by the University of British Columbia.

International Indian Treaty Council

This is an organization of Indigenous Peoples from North, Central, South America, the Caribbean, and the Pacific. This organization is a voice and advocate for the human rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Indigenous Studies Portal

The Indigenous Studies Portal (iPortal) is a database of full-text electronic resources such as books, articles, theses and documents as well as digitized materials such as photographs, archival resources, maps, etc. focusing primarily on First Nations and Aboriginals of Canada with a secondary focus on North American materials and beyond. A new partnership with the a university in Norway has increased information on indigenous peoples of Scandinavia including the Saami.

UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

The Declaration establishes a universal framework of minimum standards for the survival, dignity, well-being and rights of the world's indigenous peoples.

United Nations Division for Special Policy and Development: Indigenous Peoples

This UN Division promotes awareness of indigenous issues within the UN system, governments, and the broader public; and
serves as a source of information and a coordination point for advocacy efforts that relate to the Permanent Forum’s mandate and the ongoing issues that arise concerning indigenous peoples.

American Indian Higher Education Consortium

AIHEC provides leadership and influences public policy on American Indian and Alaska Native higher education issues through advocacy, research, and programmatic initiatives; promotes and strengthens Indigenous languages, cultures, communities, lands, and tribal nations; and through its unique position, serves member institutions and emerging TCUs.

American Indian Language Development Institute (University of Arizona)

The American Indian Language Development Institute's (AILDI) mission is to provide critical training to strengthen efforts to revitalize and promote the use of Indigenous languages across generations

American Indian Library Association (ALA)

Is a membership action group that addresses the library-related needs of American Indians and Alaska Natives. Members are individuals and institutions interested in the development of programs to improve Indian library, cultural, and informational services in school, public, and research libraries on reservations. 

Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of America

The international scholarly organization representing the linguistic study of the Indigenous languages of the Americas, and was incorporated in 1997. Membership in SSILA is open to all those who are interested in the scientific study of the languages of the Indigenous peoples of North, Central and South America.

Endangered Language Project (Alliance for Linguistic Diversity)

This website provides access to the most up to date  and comprehensive information on endangered languages as well as language resources being provided by partners, It also allows users to play an active role in putting their languages online by submitting information or samples in the form of text, audio or video files.

First Voices

Online tools and services.

National Indian Education Association

The National Indian Education Association advances comprehensive, culture-based educational opportunities for American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians.

Native American and Indigenous Studies Association

This is a professional organization for scholars, graduate students, independent researchers, and community members. They are dedicated and interested in all aspects of indigenous studies.

iNative Research Group

The iNative research group at the University of Washington Information School (iSchool) is composed of Native American and Alaska Native scholars, information professionals, and students concerned with addressing the information challenges faced by Native nations.

Indigenous Arts & Stories

Writing and art contest for Canadians of Indigenous ancestry (self-identified Status, Non-Status, Inuit and Métis) between the ages of 6 and 29.

Special Interest Group Directory (America Education Research Association)

Special Interest Groups include: Indigenous Peoples of the Americas (SIG #48) and Indigenous Peoples of The Pacific (SIG #146).

The Scow Institute

Focuses on legal issues that affect Aboriginal people.


Bureau of Indian Affairs

The official site of the Bureau of Indian Affairs of the U.S. Department of the Interior provides information on topics including education, tribal government, land resources, economic development and more.

Indian Country Justice Statistics

From the Bureau of Justice Statistics. JS Indian country statistics available by category:Victimization; Law Enforcement; Courts
Corrections; Criminal Justice Data Improvement Program.

Indian Health Services (US Department of Health and Human Services)

Agency within the Department of Health and Human Services  , is responsible for providing federal health services to American Indians and Alaska Natives. The provision of health services to members of federally-recognized tribes grew out of the special government-to-government relationship between the federal government and Indian tribes. 

Tribal Courts

From the Bureau of Justice Statistics. The court systems operating in Indian country vary by tribe. The Indian country judicial system revolves around a core of four legal institutions—Court of Indian Offenses (CFR courts), tribal courts of appeal, tribal courts of general jurisdiction, and indigenous forums.