Native American Heritage Month

November is recognized as Native American Heritage Month. This month we pay respect to the history of Native Americans, their tribal customs, and how they have influenced our country and its history.

Visit our first floor display featuring the following titles that relate to Native Americans and their history. You can read more about Native American Heritage Month at

An American Sunrise – Joy Harjo
In the early 1800s, the Mvskoke people were forcibly removed from their original lands east of the Mississippi to Indian Territoty, which is now part of Oklahoma. Two hundred years later, Joy Harjo returns to her family’s lands and opens a dialogue with history.

Future Home of the Living God – Louise Erdrich
A tale set in a world of reversing evolution and a growing police state follows pregnant thirty-two-year-old Cedar Hawk Songmaker, who investigates her biological family while awaiting the birth of a child who may emerge as a member of a primitive human species.

Heart Berries – Terese Mailhot
A powerful, poetic memoir of a woman’s coming of age on the Seabird Island Indian Reservation in the Pacific Northwest.

Killers of the Flower Moon – David Grann
Presents a true account of the early twentieth-century murders of dozens of wealthy Osage and law-enforcement officials, citing the contributions and missteps of a fledgling FBI that eventually uncovered one of the most chilling conspiracies in American history.

Quiet Until the Thaw – Alexandra Fuller
Two Native American cousins find themselves at odds as they grapple with their shared heritage. When anger towards injustice escalates, the Lakota people form tribal divisions and infighting and the cousins are forced to go in separate directions.

Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher – Timothy Egan
Edward Curtis was known for trying to capture on film the Native American nation before it disappeared. Egan’s book tells the remarkable untold story behind Curtis’s iconic photographs, taking you through Indian country as he struggled to document stories and rituals of more than 80 tribes.

Standing Bear is a Person – Stephen Dando-Collins
In and Omaha courtroom is 1879, Standing Bear is chief of the small and peaceful Ponca tribe. While demanding the same basic rights that white Americans enjoy to be legally recognized as a human being, his story as well as the judge’s ruling is told.

The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee – David Treuer
A sweeping history of Native American life from the Wounded Knee massacre to the present.

Trail of Lightning – Rebecca Roanhorse
Dinétah, formerly known as a Navajo reservation, is experiencing a rebirth. Maggie Hoskie is a monster hunter. When a small town needs help finding a missing girl, Maggie is their last hope. But what she uncovers is more terrifying than anything she could ever imagine.

Where the Dead Sit Talking – Brandon Hobson
A Native American coming of age story in rural Oklahoma in the 1980s. Sequoyah is a fifteen year old Cherokee boy, placed into foster care with the Troutt family. He’s spent most of his years scarred by unstable upbringing and keeping to himself, until he meets Rosemary, another youth staying with the Troutts.

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