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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.

National Indigenous Women's Resource Center (NIWRC)

The NIWRC provides national leadership in ending gender-based violence in tribal communities by lifting up the collective voices of grassroots advocates and offering culturally grounded resources, technical assistance and training, and policy development to strengthen tribal sovereignty.

Indigenous Women Have Been Disappearing for Generations; Politicians Are Finally Starting to Notice (The Intercept, 2018)

U.S. lawmakers are beginning to grapple with the crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women. Canada’s inquiry suggests the road ahead will be steep.

U.S. Department of Justice - Tribal Justice and Safety - Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Reauthorization 2013

VAWA 2013 recognizes tribes' inherent power to exercise "special domestic violence criminal jurisdiction" (SDVCJ) over certain defendants, regardless of their Indian or non-Indian status, who commit acts of domestic violence or dating violence or violate certain protection orders in Indian country. 

Reclaiming a Native American Hero (RIPR/The Public's Radio)

Reporter Chuck Hinman interviews Wompanaak/Wampanoag tribal member Ramona Peters on the effort of the tribe to use NAGPRA to bring home the remains of renowned Sachem Ousamequin, which were taken from the tribe's Burr's Hill burial ground (Warren, Rhode Island), during the 19th century.

"After 87 Years at The Smithsonian, Bones of 87 Alaska Natives Returned and Reburied" (NPR)

The Passamaquoddy Reclaim Their Culture Through Digital Repatriation (The New Yorker)

A white anthropologist's ethnographic recordings, made on wax cylinders at the turn of the 20th century, are returned to their homeland and to the custody of descendants of Native participants in the original recording sessions, through digital re-formatting at the Library of Congress' American Folklife Center. A follow up story on how the Passamaquoddy are using the recordings to revitalize their language was recently posted to NPR. The Passamaquoddy People generously share their culture with the general public through this public educational website

Return of Mohegan Elder's Diaries to Help Revitalize Language (Cornell Chronicle)

The Cornell University Library returns original diaries of Felicia Flying Bird Fielding, the last fluent speaker of Mohegan-Pequot, to the Mohegan Tribe in Connecticut

Religious Freedom and Sacred Places (National Congress of American Indians)

Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition

Founded in 2015 by leaders of the Hopi Tribe, Navajo Nation, Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, Pueblo of Zuni and the Ute Indian Tribe, the Inter-Tribal Coalition is "a historic consortium of sovereign tribal nations united in the effort work collaboratively to protect and promote sacred, spiritual, historical, natural, scientific and cultural resources on lands within the Bears Ears landscape". .

Glen Cove Shell Mound (Manataka American Indian Council)

Long used as a sacred burial site, Glen Cove (Ssogoreate) was targeted in 2008-2009 for re-construction as a public park. Native peoples of the Vallejo and San Pablo Bay area fought back.

Ban Will Soon Keep Climbers from Tackling Sacred Monolith in Australia (NPR)

After decades of anguish and advocacy, Australia's aboriginal peoples have finally secured a ban on the climbing of Uluru, a sacred site at the heart of aboriginal culture, by tourists.

Wompanaak Language Reclamation Project

Stoney Corner Language Reclamation

The Participatory Culture Foundation created Amara software for the purpose of allowing users to subtitle their own videos for streaming platforms, using a variety of different languages. This blog post discusses their encounter with the language reclamation work at Paul First Nation in the Canadian province of Alberta.

E Ola Ka 'Olelo Hawai'i: The Hawaiian Language Shall Live

Navaho Language Renaissance

"To Save Their Language, 2 Cherokee Brothers Learn as They Teach" (NPR)

The Hawaiian Language Nearly Died (NPR)

A young professor, Larry Kimura, wanted to learn to speak Hawaiian. The radio program he started in the 1970s, Ka Leo Hawai'i, helped to spark a renaissance of spoken Hawaiian across the islands.

Native American Veterans Memorial

In 2013, the 113th Congress mandated the creation of a national memorial to commemorate the service of Native Americans in the armed forces of the United States. On November 11, 2020, that commitment will be realized with the opening of the Native American Veterans Memorial on the grounds of the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian. The link includes a video program that marks the opening of the Memorial, along with a virtual tour of the Memorial itself.

Navajo Code Talkers

Watch oral history interviews with former service member who participated as "code talkers," creating a unique and unbreakable code based on the Navajo language that allowed the American military to maintain secrecy in its radio communications in the Pacific theatre during WWII. For more on the critical intelligence role that Native code talkers played in WWI and WWII, see this article from the CIA News & Information service

Choctaw Code Talkers (Choctaw Nation)

A brief overview of the role of Choctaw soldiers who served a key role by using their language to confuse the Germans in WWI

Why We Serve (National Museum of the American Indian)

Native American service members reflect on what the military means to them