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American Indigenous Studies Resources

Indigenous Databases

These databases highlight primary source materials relating to Indigenous and Native American Studies.

An online collection of materials relating to Early American colonial interactions between Indigenous communities and European settlers. The collections spans to the mid- to late-twentieth century and contains materials from the Newberry Library’s Edward E. Ayer collection.

Digitized Indigenous print journalism covering nearly 200 years of published tribal newspapers throughout the US and Canada.

A collection of National Archive resources and more concerning US Native materials. Contains links on tribal documents, genealogical documents, tribal resources, and more.

Digitized primary sources on Indigenous materials ranging from Early Colonial interactions to documents on the American Indian Movement.

A bibliographic database of published literature pertaining to the anthropology of Mesoamerica. Includes books, edited volumes, audio and video, journal articles, essays and more.

Searchable bibliography of materials related to Native North Americans.

This project aims to develop a comprehensive searchable database of Carlisle Indian School resources. Beginning with the school records housed at the U.S. National Archives as part of the Bureau of Indian Affairs papers, materials that tell the story of the school and the many thousands of students who were sent there are being digitized.

Hundreds of sources that document the relationships among peoples in North America from 1534 to 1850.

Google Arts and Culture’s collection of Indigenous art and culture from over 40 collections. Includes lesson plans, online exhibits, and more.

Database dedicated to claims filed by Native persons and tribes within the U.S. Includes an overview of the Indian Claims Commission and starting points for claims filed by specific tribal communities.

Searchable database of primary sources relating to Indigenous Peoples of North America.

Online and mixed media tools that assist exploring, developing, and managing the understanding of key functions of tribal, First Nation, and other Indigenous governance structures and strategies. Hosted and curated by the Native Nations Institute at the University of Arizona and the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development at Harvard University.

The NABS Archive is a living project that will continue to grow and collect items related to the Indian boarding schools. Advisory: The content contained herein may trigger secondary trauma or PTSD; we encourage individuals to seek counseling or healing if you experience any stress related to boarding school history. Indigenous peoples are warned that this database contains images, names, and references to deceased persons.

A scrollable, digital map that allows users to find what tribal lands exist in their region.

Contains primary source materials by, on, or about Northeast Natives from repositories around the world.

This database contains autobiographies, Native publications, oral histories, photos and more of American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Canadian First Nations peoples.

Searchable history database of materials relating to Native Americans and the American West from 1809-1971.

Database of tribal treaties between tribal nations and the U.S. from 1778-1886. Includes digitized treaty text and links to digitized treaties at the National Archive.

Database for searching the U.S. Treaties and Agreements Library.