For aglaonika, who asked me about Columbus and the Indigenous perspective, I’ve compiled this list of 101 basic books that are fun to read, accessible, and educational. Feel free to use them for whatever purposes you see fit, in the classroom or for your own learning pleasure. This is a combination of older, “classic” material used in Native Studies classrooms, newer books that are updated with relevant information about contemporary issues, and books that were written with a non-academic audience in mind.

Vine Deloria Jr- Custer Died for Your Sins: An Indian Manifesto

Thomas King- The Inconvenient Indian

Robert Warrior- The World of Indigenous North America

James Daschuk- Clearing the Plains: Disease, Politics of Starvation, and the Loss of Aboriginal Life

Kino-nda-niimi Collective- The Winter We Danced- Voices from the Past, the Future and the Idle No More Movement

J. Kehaulani Kauanui- Hawaiian Blood: Colonialism and the Politics of Sovereignty and Indigeneity

Mark Rifkin- When Did Indians Become Straight?: Kinship, the History of Sexuality, and Native Sovereignty

Joanne Barker- Native Acts: Law, Recognition, and Cultural Authenticity

Audra Simpson- Mohawk Interruptus: Political Life Across the Borders of Settler States

Kevin Bruyneel- The Third Space of Sovereignty: The Postcolonial Politics of U.S.-Indigenous Relations