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Native American Heritage: Guide

Celebrating Native American Heritage

Born in the Blood: On Native American Translation
Cherokee Stories of the Turtle Island Liars' Club
Daughters of Mother Earth: the wisdom of Native American women
A to Z of American Indian Women
The Powhatan Landscape: An Archaeological History of the Algonquian Chesapeake
Native Students at Work : American Indian Labor and Sherman Institute's Outing Program, 1900-1945
Changed Forever, Volume I : American Indian Boarding-School Literature
Inside Dazzling Mountains: Southwest Native Verbal Arts
'That the People Might Live' : Loss and Renewal in Native American Elegy
Deep Waters: The Textual Continuum in American Indian Literature
The Newspaper Warrior : Sarah Winnemucca Hopkins's Campaign for American Indian Rights
Native Storiers : Five Selections
The Columbia Guide to American Indian Literatures of the United States Since 1945
The Turtle's Beating Heart : One Family's Story of Lenape Survival
Say We Are Nations : Documents of Politics and Protest in Indigenous America Since 1887
Horace Poolaw, Photographer of American Indian Modernity
Life of the Indigenous Mind : Vine Deloria Jr. And the Birth of the Red Power Movement
Murder State : California's Native American Genocide, 1846-1873
Viola Martinez, California Paiute : Living in Two Worlds

What is the proper terminology: Indigenous, Indigenous Peoples, Native American, or American Indian?

Generally, Indigenous refers to those peoples with pre-existing sovereignty who were living together as a community prior to contact with settler populations, most often – though not exclusively – Europeans. Indigenous is the most inclusive term, as there are Indigenous peoples on every continent throughout the world – such as the Sami in Sweden, the First Nations in Canada, Mayas in Mexico and Guatemala, and the Ainu in Japan – fighting to remain culturally intact on their land bases. Indigenous Peoples refers to a group of Indigenous peoples with a shared national identity, such as “Navajo” or “Sami,” and is the equivalent of saying “the American people.” Native American and American Indian are terms used to refer to peoples living within what is now the United States prior to European contact. American Indian has a specific legal context because the branch of law, Federal Indian Law, uses this terminology. American Indian is also used by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget through the U.S. Census Bureau. Whenever possible, it is best to use the name of an individual’s particular Indigenous community or nation of people; for example, “Tongva,”  “Tataviam” and “Chumash” are the Indigenous Peoples of the Los Angeles area, and they are also “American Indian,” “Native American,” and “Indigenous.”

- UCLA Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

FALL 2020

For the most current event, visit the Center for Culture and Social Justice. For past recordings of the events, visit Chaffey College Facebook Past Live Videos.

Windtalkers movie screeningWindtalkers Movie Screening

Thursday, November 12 from 11:30 am - 2:00 pm

Join us to learn how the Native American tribal members and their impenetrable language was used as a secret military code during World War II.

Meeting ID: 927 9895 3718

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