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Native American Studies: Native American Writers

This guide will help you do research related to Native American Studies.

Tommy Orange, Cheyenne & Arapaho

James Welch, Blackfeet & A'aninin

Natalie Diaz, Latinx and Mojave

Daniel H. Wilson, Cherokee Nation

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Deborah A. Miranda, Ohlone-Costanoan Esselen and of Chumash descent

David Cornsilk, Cherokee Nation

David Cornsilk

"Anyone with some micro-thin strain of Cherokee blood should be thanking the Freedmen because they have proven that our citizenship is not based on blood or any anthropological definition of "Indian" but is a legal concept rooted in the right of the Cherokee people to determine who is and who is not a Cherokee." From here.

Robin Wall Kimmerer, Citizen Potawatomi Nation


“Never take the first plant you find, as it might be the last—and you want that first one to speak well of you to the others of her kind.” Braiding Sweetgrass

Shonda Buchanan, of Cherokee and North Carolina and Mississippi Choctaw descent

Melissa Febos, of Wampanoag descent

Melissa Febos

"I didn’t (and don’t) want to appropriate something that wasn’t mine. But it was also important for me to claim my own personal experience of it." From here.

Ernestine Hayes, Kaagwaantaan clan of the Eagle side of the Lingit (Tlingit) nation

Richard Wagamese, Ojibwe from the Wabaseemoong Independent Nations

Debra Magpie Earling, Bitterroot Salish

N. Scott Momaday, Kiowa

Joy Harjo (Image from Gale Biography Research Center)


Kim TallBear, Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate & of Cheyenne & Arapaho descent

Kim TallBear Headshot

“It’s part of my feminist ethic to think out loud and roughly on social media....For me, part of that feminist ethic is thinking along with people publicly and getting feedback.” [From "Kim TallBear Speaks Truth to Power"]

Janet Mock, of Kanaka Maoli descent

Stephen Graham Jones, Blackfeet

Kelli Jo Ford, Cherokee Nation

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"Now, I have a daughter and I grew up like Reney when I was little, I slept with my great-grandmother a whole lot. We just had these generational bonds, and having a daughter who is growing up away from her grandmother is something that weighs on me." From here.

Eddie Chuculate, Muscogee (Creek) Nation and of Cherokee descent

Joy Harjo, Mvskoke Nation

Joy Harjo (Image from Gale Biography Research Center)


Sherman Alexie, Spokane Coeur d'Alene

Joy Harjo (Image from Gale Biography Research Center)

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