NA Website Resources
The following selective resources are used locally to judge American Indian Books and Native resource sites
- NativeWeb a major Native American resource center that links you to sites covering topics such as anthropology, powwows, legal issues, literature, sports, economy, and women.
- Virtual Library – American Indians perhaps the best organized and most extensive listing of Native American resources on the web. It includes Archaeology, art, books, culture, education, electronic texts, government, history, museums, music, & nations.
- Oyate is a grassroots American Indian organization that reviews books about American Indians written for children and adults. They post reviews of the books on their site and also sell books. A page lists books to avoid.
- Origins is about Native Traditional games. 200 years ago, American Indian families, bands, clans, and tribes coached and guided the youth in important skills needed survival. Thousands of old Indian games of intuition & chance created situations to learn body language, observation of the environment, and ways to connect with spirit and power. When Indian children were removed from their homes and sent to mission or boarding schools, they came back to their tribes without the culture knowledge but also without the natural skills for successfully protecting and providing for their families
- Montana Office of Public Instruction Denise Juneau, Director of Indian Education. The Office of Public Instruction thanks you the teachers, administrators, school boards, parents, and students, for working diligently on Indian Education issues. It is time to come together with a common vision. It is time to put our minds together and see what difference we can make for all of Montana's students.
- Bias by Omission lists the criteria developed by a Canadian Indian organization to evaluate textbook bias in 1976. This is probably the best set of guidelines online for evaluating all materials – from children’s books to college level texts. Ten varieties of racist writing are detailed.
- Guidelines for Choosing Multicultural Books from RIF (Reading is Fundamental) focuses on how to select unbiased children’s books.
- Questions to Ask when Selecting American Indian Books by Kay Marie Porterfield, co-author of the Encyclopedia of American Indian Contributions to the World: 15,000 years of Inventions and Innovations lists ten criteria for determining bias in non-fiction books for all age levels.
- Applying Multiculturalism to the American Indian History Curriculum, part of a thesis by Alison Wangsness Clement, provides a comprehensive and very useful set of suggestions for teachers and librarians as well as a discussion of tools for teachers.
- Unbiased Teaching about American Indians and Alaska Natives in Elementary Schools by Floy C. Pepper includes a discussion on the role of accurate information, as well as common myths and information to dispel them.
- Useful Sites for Tribal Librarians compiled by Elaine Cubbins contains a number of links
- Multicultural Book Reviews is a site that has posted nineteen reviews of American Indian books. Although the site hasn’t been updated since 1996, the review that are posted are useful
- Internet School Library Media Center site written and maintained by Inez Ramsey, professor emeritus at James Madison University, contains bibliographies of children’s and young adult books as well as links to many good Internet sources of information about American Indians.
- Native American Authors Project from Internet Public Libraries contains bibliographic and biographical information about contemporary American Indian Authors as well as links to articles about them and interviews posted online. It is indexed by authors, titles and tribes.
- Storytellers: American Indian Authors Online is a collection of biographies and bibliographies of contemporary American Indian Authors, their photos, and sites where their work is posted online. Authors are indexed alphabetically and by tribe.
- American Indian Library Association is an affiliate of the American Library Association. Their website is maintained by Lisa Mitten.
- Native American Nations Home Pages lists links to websites for both federally recognized and unrecognized tribes. It is updated frequently.
- Tribal College, Native Studies Programs, and Indian Education Links compiled by librarian Lisa Mitten contains dozens of connections to tribal colleges, Indian studies departments, Indian Schools as well as Indian student organizations. Including a link to her list of all US and Canadian tribes and Indian organizations. She constantly updates these lists