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  • Listening to Indians Research Guide
    A guide to the oral history collection of interviews with American Indian people conducted by Samuel I. Myers, Jr.,history professor at St. Louis Community College - Florissant Valley during his sabbatical semester, Fall 1975.

Recommended Websites

  • Aboriginal Canada Portal  
    Produced by the government of Canada, this site offers resources on the First Nations (Canadian Indian tribes) including statistics, timelines, maps, and regional information organized by Canadian province.
  • American Indian Health  
    The National Library of Medicine generated this portal consisting of links to consumer health, medical resources, policies, research studies, and more. Specific medical conditions as related to American Indians include cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and substance abuse.
  • American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC)  
    Thirty-seven tribal colleges in 14 states were created to foster higher education for Indians living on reservation or in geographically isolated regions and to promote tribal self-determination. Locations, chartering tribes, and accreditation status are listed.
  • American Indian History and Related Issues  
    Troy Johnson, professor of American Indian Studies at California State University, maintains this site that provides a rich array of links to sites related to Native Americans, including education, historical, and tribal links
  • American Indian History Online  
    (Facts on File) 3000 BC - Present
    In-depth coverage of more than 5,000 years of culture, legends, and leaders. More than 500 Native American groups are covered in hyper-linked entries, including primary source documents, biographies, maps and charts, images, and timelines. The database also features searchable tribe and culture area indexes, as well as the ability to search for tribes by region. Web links direct users to a number of relevant educational sites.
  • American Indian Library Association  
    The Web site for this ALA affiliate provides links to resources that include publications, bibliographies, electronic texts, and online image collections. This site also has resouces that can assist librarians in creating Native American collections and that support Native American populations.
  • American Indian Resource Directory  
    This directory, created by the American Indian Heritage Foundation, is organized by region and lists all the federally recognized American Indian Tribes.
  • American Indians of the Pacific Northwest  
    This digital collection integrates over 2,300 photographs and 7,700 pages of text relating to the American Indians in two cultural areas of the Pacific Northwest, the Northwest Coast and Plateau. These resources illustrate many aspects of life and work, including housing, clothing, crafts, transportation, education, and employment.
  • American Native Press Archives  
    This site, supported by the Sequoyah Research Center housed at the University of Arkansas, "provides research materials documenting all aspects of life" among Native Americans. It provides a comprehensive collection of newspapers, periodical, and other publications.
  • American Philosophical Society: Images, Sound Recordings  
    More than 1000 images, engravings, photographs, and watercolors are viewable and searchable online depicting ceremonial dress, totems, cooking utensils, formal pictures of chiefs from various tribes. Hundreds of sound recordings from past 75 years: oral histories & linguistics.
  • Ancient Architects of the Mississippi
    Produced by the National Park Service, this site is designed to provide information about the Mississippi societies that flourished throughout the Southeastern portion of North America from approximately 800 A.D. to the time of European contact.
  • Arctic Peoples: Indigenous Peoples at the Arctic
    Six international indigenous peoples organizations are working to preserve the Arctic environment and way of life.
  • Assembly of First Nations (Canada AFN)  
    The AFN, a national Canadian organiation, produces this site, which provides information related to the Canadian First nations including reports, conference proceedings, and links to other Canadian tribes.
  • The Avalon Project at Yale Law School: Relations Between the United States and Native Americans  
    As part of Yale University's Law School's Avalon project, this site provides the full-text of treaties between the United States and Native American from 1778 thru the 19th century.
  • Center for World Indigenous Studies
    Archives and an electronic library of documents searchable by geographic region.
  • Cultural Survival
    A non-governmental site organized by region and topic.
  • Digital Librarian--American Indian Studies  
    Compiled by a librarian, this site provides links to a variety of information related to Indians in the US, Canada, and Latin America. It includes links to digital texts, images, history resources, and regional information.
  • Edward S. Curtis's The North American Indian Photographic Images  
    One of the most significant and controversial representations of traditional American Indian culture ever produced. Issued in a limited edition from 1907-1930, the publication continues to exert a major influence on the image of Indians in popular culture. In over 2000 photogravure plates and narrative, Curtis portrayed the traditional customs and lifeways of eighty Indian tribes.
  • Images of Native Americans  
    The Bancroft Library at the University of California-Berkeley created this online site as a digital companion to an exhibit. It contains digital images of color plate illustrations, color photographs, and documents that include early anthropological studies.
  • Indian Affairs: Laws and Treaties  
    Charles J. Kappler compiled this primary source of Indian Treaties. Index is fully searchable. Covers years 1871 to 1970.
  • Indian Health Service  
    Under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services this site was created for American Indians and Native Alaskans. It includes fact sheets on specific desease, medical programs, searchable directories of clinics, and research projects.
  • Indian Land Cessions in the United States, 1784-1894
    Library of Congress, American Memory Project. Contains part two of the "Eighteenth Annual Report of the Bureau of American Ethnology" and maps, treaty schedules, and land cessions.
  • Indian Mounds of Mississippi: The Mound Builders
    From the National Park Service, this website is part of the National Registry of Historic Places travel itineraries series.
  • Indian Peoples of the Northern Great Plains
    A searchable online photograph database created with grant support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services National Leadership Grant Program. Images were digitized and drawn from the library collections of three of the Montana State University campuses ( Bozeman, Billings, and Havre), the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, and Little Big Horn College in Crow Agency, Montana.
  • Indians in the War  
    The Navy Department Library created this site, which highlights Indian contributions to WWII including the Code Talkers, pictures, honors and medals, role in the Navy, POWs, and the contributions of the Indian women. Links to other wars are included.
  • Indians/Native Americans
    A searchable online photograph database created with grant support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services National Leadership Grant Program. Images were digitized and drawn from the library collections of three of the Montana State University campuses ( Bozeman, Billings, and Havre), the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, and Little Big Horn College in Crow Agency, Montana.
  • Jesuit Relations and Allied Documents, 1610-1791
    A major source of information about early French contact and colonization in North America. The documents have been translated into English.
  • National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI)
    This portion of the Smithsonian Institution located in New York and Washington, D.C., "is the first national museum dedicated to the preservation, study, and exhibition of the life, languages, literature, history, and arts of Native Americans."
  • Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (  
    Founded in 2008, NAISA "is a professional organization dedicated to supporting scholars and others who work in the academic field of Native American and Indigenous studies." This site supports this mission by providing news articles, blog postings, and other documents that support the study of Native Americans.
  • Native American Authors--Internet Public Library (IPL)  
    Mainly providing information on contemporary Native American authors, this IPL site contains bibliographies, biographical information, and links to interviews, online texts and tribal Web sites.
  • Native American Constitution and Law Digitization Project
    Excellent sources for researching Native American legal issues.
  • Native American Heritage month  
    The Bureau of Indian Affairs sponsors this site, which has a rich collection of images, paintings, historic places, and Webcasts including Hoop Dancing, storytelling, authors discussing their prize-winning books, and lectures.
  • Native American Voices--Digital History  
    Part of the digital history series sponsored by the Departments of History and the College of Education at the University of Houston, this resource was created to support the teaching of American History in K-12 schools and colleges.
  • Native Health Database
    Contains bibliographic information and abstracts of health-related articles, reports, surveys, and other resource documents pertaining to the heath and health care of American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Canadian First Nations.
  • Native Languages of the Americas  
    This nonprofit site looks at the surviving Native American languages and offers informative learning aids like maps locating the tribes in each state, picture dictionaries, pronunciation guides, grants and more.
  • Native Peoples Magazine  
    The online version of the print magazine that covers the arts and cultural lives of Native Americans.
  • Native Tech: Native American Technology and Art  
    A resource rich in information related to all aspects of Native American art, including beadwork, pottery, games, toys, food, and leatherworks. Also links to poetry, stories, recipes, and a tour of a woodland homestead. Emphasizes Eastern Woodlands peoples.
  • NativeWeb: Resources for indigenous cultures around the world.  
    Information on indigenous peoples from all areas of the world and include resources related to genealogy, sports, travel, festivals, and food, with links to book, video, and music resources.
  • Researching Indigenous Peoples Rights Under International Law
    A guide to international law research relating to indigenous peoples.
  • Southeastern Native American Documents Collection  
    The Digital Library of Georgia has put approximately 2,000 documents and images online relating to the Native American population of the Southeastern United States. The searchable database contains documents that include letters, legal proceedings, military orders, financial papers, and archaeological images.
  • Surrounded by Beauty--Arts of Native America  
    ArtsConnectEd, an art teaching tool created by the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, sponsors this Web site that highlights the arts of Native Americans in the United States.
  • Western History Collections--University of Oklahoma  
    The Western History Collections is a special collection within the University of Oklahoma Libraries system. Its purpose is to enhance the University Libraries general collection on the history of the American West; to support the research and teaching programs of the University of Oklahoma; and to provide opportunities for research through the acquisition, preservation, and access of materials relating to the development of the Trans-Mississippi West and Native American cultures.

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St. Louis Community College Libraries

Florissant Valley Campus Library
3400 Pershall Rd.
Ferguson, MO 63135-1408
Phone: 314-513-4514

Forest Park Campus Library
5600 Oakland
St. Louis, MO 63110-1316
Phone: 314-644-9210

Meramec Campus Library
11333 Big Bend Road
St. Louis, MO 63122-5720
Phone: 314-984-7797

Wildwood Campus Library
2645 Generations Drive
Wildwood, MO 63040-1168
Phone: 636-422-2000




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