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The Blue Tattoo: The Life of Olive Oatman (Women in the West)
Margot Mifflin, University of Nebraska Press, 2009

In 1851 Olive Oatman was a thirteen-year old pioneer traveling west toward Zion, with her Mormon family. Within a decade, she was a white Indian with a chin tattoo, caught between cultures. The Blue Tattoo tells the harrowing story of this forgotten heroine of frontier America. Orphaned when her family was brutally killed by Yavapai Indians, Oatman lived as a slave to her captors for a year before being traded to the Mohave, who tattooed her face and raised her as their own. She was fully assimilated and perfectly happy when, at nineteen, she was ransomed back to white society.

Based on historical records, including letters and diaries of Oatman’s friends and relatives, The Blue Tattoo is the first book to examine her life from her childhood in Illinois—including the massacre, her captivity, and her return to white society—to her later years as a wealthy banker’s wife in Texas.

Custer Died for Your Sins: An Indian Manifesto
Vine Deloria Jr., University of Oklahoma Press;
Reprint edition, April 1, 1988.

It seems that each generation will have to read and reread Vine Deloria's "Manifesto" for some time to come, before we absorb what he tells us (with a great deal of humor) about U.S. race relations, federal bureaucracies, Christian churches, and social scientists. This book should to be required reading for all Americans, whatever their special interest.

Debating Democracy
Bruce Johansen and Donald Grinde Jr., Santa Fe: Clear Light Publishers Inc., 1998

Recounts the ongoing debate over the "Influence Theory," the Haudenosaunee's (Iroquois) Great Law of Peace's effect on the formation of the United States Constitution.

Exiled in the Land of the Free
Oren Lyons, John Mohawk, Vine Deloria Jr., eds. Santa Fe, Clear Light Publishing, 1992.

These important essays by Native American leaders and scholars present persuasive evidence that the American colonists and U.S. founding fathers borrowed from the Iroquois Confederacy and other Indian political institutions in drafting the U.S. Constitution and in creating democratic traditions, and review the effects of rulings by the Supreme Court on dominion and land claims.

For An Amerindian Autohistory
Georges E. Sioui, (translated by Sheila Fischman). Montreal: McGill University Press, 1992.

This work is a metahistory of moral reflection, and the need for human beings to establish intellectual and emotional connections with the entire living world in order to achieve abundance, quality, and peace.


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