American Indian Identity


This list includes selected American Indian web resources useful for academic research and information purposes. Only Websites that are reflective of American Indian / Native American realities were considered; sites that are exclusively "New Age" or otherwise non-native in origin or focus are not included. Recommended Websites listed below were evaluated for breadth, perceived authority, stability, usefulness, and accuracy.

Media Resources:

  • Tribal College

    Tribal College is a quarterly publication of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium, an organization of 35 Indian-controlled colleges in the United States and Canada. It is published with assistance from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and the American Indian College Fund.

Books, Book Chapters, & Journal Articles:

  • Ah Nee-Benham, M. K. P., & Stein, W. J. (2003). The renaissance of American Indian higher education : capturing the dream. Sociocultural, political, and historical studies in education. Mahwah, N.J.: Lawrence Erlbaum.

In 1994, the W. K. Kellogg Foundation entered into a 7-year initiative with the tribally controlled colleges and universities, called the Native American Higher Education Initiative (NAHEI). The 13 chapters in this book tell the story of NAHEI, focusing on the development and strengthening of tribal colleges and the role of institutional partnerships, connections to tribal communities, importance of culture, preparation of Native teachers and leaders, and issues of scholarship and technology.

  • Churchill, W. (2001). Crimes against Humanity. In M. L. Andersen, & Hill Collins, Patricia (Ed.), Race, Class, and Gender: An Anthology (pp. 439-446). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth/Thomson Learning.

If nifty little "pep" gestures like the "Indian Chant" and the "Tomahawk Chop" are just good clean fun, then let's spread the fun around, shall we?

  • Congress), C. C. L. o. (Writer) (1995). More than bows and arrows. [United States: s.n.].

    An exploration of the technological innovations and Native American contributions to contemporary American and Canadian civilization, such as irrigation systems, medical techniques, and architecture. From net fishing off cliffs to prehistoric mounds that rival the pyramids of Egypt, from early mines and medicine men to the ancient Hohokum irrigation canal system.

  • Consortium, A. I. H. E. (1989). Tribal college : journal of American Indian higher education. Sacramento, CA: American Indian Higher Education Consortium.

    On behalf of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium's member tribal colleges and universities, we provide information for everyone interested in American Indian higher education. Our culture-based publication addresses subjects important to the future of American Indian and Alaska Native communities utilizing both journalistic and scholarly articles.

  • Garrod, A., & Larimore, C. (1997). First person, first peoples : native American college graduates tell their life stories. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press.

    Thirteen Native Americans representing a variety of tribal affiliations but all graduates of Dartmouth describe their experiences in and out of college, focusing on how they coped with sometimes-conflicting cultural demands and how they carried on their heritage. Some came from poor homes where alcoholism was common; others had highly educated parents who gave them encouragement and support. For most, however, success did not come easily. The decision to draw on the experiences of Dartmouth graduates only may at first seem self-congratulatory, since all the editors as well as the contributors have the Dartmouth Native American Program in common. Yet the essays are fresh and engaging and of high literary and journalistic quality. A unique perspective on a much-neglected aspect of college life; highly recommended.

  • Teaching, C. F. f. t. A. o. (1989). Tribal colleges : shaping the future of native America. Princeton, N.J.: The Foundation.

    The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching's special report, Tribal Colleges: Shaping the Future of Native America, states, "Tribal colleges offer hope. They can, with adequate support, continue to open doors of opportunity to the coming generations and help Native American communities bring together a cohesive society, one that draws inspiration from the past in order to shape a creative, inspired vision of the future."