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Voices of the American Indian experience

Author: James E Seelye; Steven A Littleton
Publisher: Santa Barbara, Calif. : Greenwood, ©2013.
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American Indians have been an integral part of all North American history, yet their voices are typically absent in the telling of their own stories. This work attempts to help rectify this under-representation, drawing upon a variety of primary sources from many different American Indians from a variety of regions to present accurate, unfiltered viewpoints. Sources span creation stories from Native American  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James E Seelye; Steven A Littleton
ISBN: 9780313381164 031338116X 9780313381171 0313381178
OCLC Number: 768800394
Description: 2 volumes (xxii, 796 pages) ; 26 cm
Contents: V. 1. Creation-1877 --
v. 2. 1878-Present. Chronology of American Indian History --
Part A: Creation to 1715: "The Creation of Beginning (Navajo/Dine)" --
White Mountain Apache Creation Story --
Inupiat Creation Story --
Salish Creation Story --
Skagit Creation Story --
Thompson Indians Creation Story --
Tlingit Creation Story --
A Legend of Crater Lake --
The Great Law of Peace (Gayanashagowa) --
Response to the Spanish by Native Priests --
An account of the De Soto Expedition, ca. 1546 --
The Dutch arrive in Manhattan, 1609 --
Powhatan, 1609 --
"Why Should You Destroy Us, Who Have Provided You with Food?" --
Samuel de Champlain's Battle with the Iroquois, July 1609 --
William Wood (1634) : "They Took the First Ship They Saw for a Walking Island" --
Jean de Brébeuf, Mission to the Huron, 1635-1637 --
John Mason discusses the taking of the Fort at Mystic during the Pequot War --
The Smallpox Epidemic of 1639 --
Miantinomo, 1642-1643 : "Brother, We Must Be One as the English Are, or We Shall Soon All Be Destroyed" --
Reverend Paul Ragueneau, S.J., on Huron Martyrdom, 1658 --
Reverend François le Mercier, S.J., Describes the Anishinabe encounter with Catholicism, 1668 --
Dialogue between Piumbukhou and His Unconverted Relatives, ca. 1671 --
The Conversion of Daniel Garakontié, an Onondaga, 1671-1672 --
Metacom's Grievances, ca. 1675 --
A Micmac questions French "Civilization," ca. 1677 --
An Indian's decision to become a Christian, 1679 --
"As They Had Been in Ancient Times" : Pedro Naranjo relates the Pueblo Revolt, 1680 --
The Declaration of a Rebellious Christian Indian in the Pueblo Revolt, 1680 --
Mary Rowlandson Captivity Narrative --
Letter from William Penn to the Committee of the Free Society of Traders, 1683 --
Edward Randolph describes King Philip's War, 1685 --
Don Gerónimo describes violence and raids against Spanish settlements. Part B: 1716-1826: Pierre de Charlevoix, Journal of a Voyage, 1721 --
Chekilli--Origin of the Creek Confederacy, 1735 --
Charlevoix's Story of Kateri Tekakwitha, 1744 --
Onondaga Chief Canasatego Speaks at the Lancaster Treaty of 1744 --
The Governor of New France Warns Indians of British Designs on Their Land, 1749 --
George Croghan's Account of a Diplomatic Confrontation at Logstown, 1751 --
Atiwaneto Resists Colonial Expansion, 1752 --
Robert Eastburn's Captivity Narrative, 1757 --
Frederick Post's Mission to the Delaware and Shawnee, 1758 --
Minavavana, 1761 : "Englishman!--You know that the French King is our Father" --
Pontiac describes Neolin's Vision, 1763 --
"We will have our lands!" Dragging Canoe Speech, 1775 --
The Dominguez-Escalante Expedition (1776) --
Corn Tassel's Speech about the Treaty of Long Island, 1777 --
Chickasaw Chief's Message to Congress, 1783 --
Joseph Brant's Message to Governor Frederick Haldimand, 1783 --
United Indian Nations: Speech at the Confederate Council, 1786 --
Saukamappee--Memories of War and Smallpox (1787-1788) --
Cornplanter, Half Town, and Big Tree Remind President Washington of the Iroquois' Role in the American Revolution, 1790 --
The Treaty of Greenville, 1795 --
An Act to Regulate Trade and Intercourse with the Indian Tribes (1799) --
Red Jacket, "You Have Got Our Country, but Are Not Satisfied; You Want to Force your Religion upon Us," 1805 --
Tenkswatawa, the Shawnee Prophet: Speech to Indiana Territory Governor William Henry Harrison, 1808 --
Shawnee Chief Tecumseh's Address to William Henry Harrison (ca. 1810) --
"Sleep Not Longer, O Choctaws and Chickasaws" : Tecumseh, 1811 --
"Let the White Race perish" : Tecumseh, 1811 --
Tecumseh's Speech to the Osages in the winter of 1811-1812 --
"We do not take up the warpath without a just cause and honest purpose" --
Cherokee Women's Petitions --
The Civilization Fund Act of 1819 --
Metea, "You are never satisfied" : Address to U.S. Government Officials, 1821 --
Sharitarish--Address to President James Monroe (1822) --
Mary Jemison captivity narrative, 1824 --
"An address to the Whites delivered in the First Presbyterian Church on the 26th of May, 1826." Part C: 1827-1877 --
The Constitution of the Cherokee Nation, 1827 --
Captivity Narrative of John Tanner --
President Andrew Jackson's Message to Congress "On Indian Removal" (1830) --
The Indian Removal Act of 1830 --
Worcester v. Georgia (1832) --
Black Hawk Discusses the Institution of Slavery, 1833 --
Black Hawk Talks about the Coming of the Americans, 1833 --
William Apess Narrative (1836) --
Letter from Chief John Ross, "To the Senate and House of Representatives" --
Memorial of Protest of the Cherokee Nation, 1836 --
Four Bears (Mato-Tope) Speech during the Smallpox Epidemic of 1837 --
Reverend John H. Pitezel, 1843-1850 --
George Copway Narrative --
"Our Indian Difficulties" (1851) --
Fort Laramie Treaty of 1851 --
Randolph B. Marcy Provides Tips for Westbound Pioneers, 1859 --
Big Eagle's Account of the Dakota War of 1862 --
Little Bear's Account of the Sand Creek Massacre, 1864 --
"Fort Gibson Civil War-Refugee Living Conditions" --
Congressional Testimony of Mr. John S. Smith Regarding the Sand Creek Massacre (Washington, DC, March 14, 1865) --
Fort Laramie Treaty of 1868 --
Bear Head, Account of the Massacre on the Marias: Massacre Occurred in 1870; This Story Not Recorded until 1935 --
Chief Red Cloud on Indian Rights --
"Story Told by Strikes Two and Bear's Belly of an Expedition under Custer to the Black Hills in 1874" --
Bull Eagle's Oath of Enlistment (1874) --
Wooden Leg's Account of the Battle of the Little Big Horn, 1876 --
"We Preferred Our Own Way of Living" (1877). Part D: 1878-1920 --
An Indian's View of Indian Affairs: Chief Joseph, 1879 --
We Ask to Be Recognized as Men (1879) --
White Eagle's Statement Regarding the Removal of the Ponca Indians to Indian Territory --
Standing Bear v. Crook, May 12, 1879 --
Sarah Winnemucca Narrative (1883) --
Sitting Bull's Report to a Senate Committee, 1883 --
Merrill E. Gates on Indian Policy, 1885 --
The Dawes Act (1887) : An Act to Provide for the Allotment of Lands in Severalty to Indians on the Various Reservations (General Allotment Act or Dawes Act) --
Extract from the Annual Report of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, October 1, 1889 --
Lone Man's Account of the Death of Sitting Bull, 1890 --
Wovoka's Message to the Cheyennes and the Arapahos (ca. 1890) --
Ghost Dance Songs --
Black Elk, Account of the Wounded Knee Massacre, 1890 --
An Act for the Relief of the Mission Indians in the State of California (1891) --
Red Cloud's Speech --
Simon Pokagon Offers the Red Man's Greeting, 1893 --
Talton v. Mayes, 1896 --
The Curtis Act of 1898 --
"Impressions of an Indian Childhood : My Mother" --
Testimony of Clement V. Rogers, October 22, 1900 --
Zitkala-Sa, "The Cutting of My Long Hair" (1900) --
"The Laughing Philosopher" --
Letter from Hoopa Valley Agency Superintendent to Commissioner of Indian Affairs in Response to Commissioner's "Long Hair" Letter (July 21, 1902) --
Why I Am a Pagan --
Lone Wolf v. Hitchcock (1903) --
United States v. Winans (1905) --
Geronimo Narrative (1906) --
The Burke Act, 1906 --
Letter Written by Susan La Flesche Picotte, M.D. to the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, 1907 --
Henry Roe Cloud, Education of the American Indian, 1914 --
A Navajo Writes Home from Boarding School, 1914-1916 --
"The Menace of the Wild West Show" (1914) --
The Last "Wild" Tribe of California, 1915 --
Affidavit of Wallulatum Regarding the Treaties of 1855 and 1865 (April 9, 1915) --
Arthur C. Parker describes the "Social Elements of the Indian Problem," 1916 --
Let My People Go by Carlos Montezuma, M.D. (Apache) --
"Phoenix Indian School" --
Delos Lone Wolf (Kiowa) : How to Solve the Problem --
Flint Working by Ishi, 1916 --
The Story of Ishi, 1917 --
Nativity Myth at Laguna, 1918 / recorded by Elsie Clews Parsons --
"Hunting Song" (Navajo) --
Robert Yellowtail calls for Self-Determination, 1919 --
Zitkala-Sa discusses the Paris Peace Conference, 1919 --
Citizenship for World War I Veterans (November 6, 1919) --
"How Aua Became a Shaman." Part E: 1921-1973: "What Has Happened to the Crow Indian Horses" --
A Klamath Story --
Indian Citizenship Act of 1924 --
Luther Standing Bear Recalls His First Buffalo Hunt, 1928 --
The Problem of Indian Administration: Report of a Survey Made at the Request of Honorable Hubert Work, Secretary of the Interior, and Submitted to Him, February 21, 1928 (Meriam Report) --
"A Tamed Old Man" --
"The White Man's Depression of 1930" --
Stealing Horses from the Arapahoe, Chief Plenty Coups (Crow), 1930 --
"Across the Big Water" (1932) --
Luther Standing Bear on "What the Indian Means to America" (1933) --
Luther Standing Bear on Education, 1933 --
The Indian Reorganization Act of 1934 --
Petition to Eleanor Roosevelt, 1934 --
John Collier, an "Indian Renaissance," 1935 --
Flying Hawk's Recollections of Wounded Knee (1936) --
Navajo Livestock Reduction --
Eva Spicer Whitetree Nichols Interview, April 21, 1937 --
Esther Naktewa's Letter to Santa Claus, 1937 --
"Life of a Cherokee Woman" --
Kate Shaw Ahrens Interview, 1937 --
Interview with Rudolph White Shield, Cheyenne Indian (February 26, 1938) --
Memorandum Regarding the Enlistment of Navajo Indians (March 6, 1942) --
The Iroquois Declaration of War on Germany, 1942 --
Indian Claims Commission Act of 1946 --
"Counting Coup and Capturing Horses" --
Letter from Ray Fadden of Akwesasne Mohawk Counselor Organization to President Harry S. Truman Regarding Burial of an Indian at Arlington National Cemetery (September 3, 1951) --
House Concurrent Resolution 108 (August 1953) --
Indian Relocation Act of 1956 --
A Pima Indian, George Webb, Discusses "Progress" (1959) --
"A Statement Made for the Young People" --
"We Are Not Free" (1967) / Clyde Warrior (Ponca) --
Indian Civil Rights Act of 1968 --
Sohappy v. Smith (1969) --
"This Country Was a Lot Better Off When the Indians Were Running It" --
Suppressed Speech of Wamsutta James, 1970 --
"We Hold the Rock!" : The Alcatraz Proclamation to the Great White Father and His People, 1970 --
All-Indian University and Cultural Complex on Indian Land (1970) --
NARP's Eight-Point Program --
"We Have Endured. We Are Indians : To the President and the People of the United States" (1970) --
"To Be Indian in Los Angeles" --
Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, December 18, 1971 --
Letter to the President of the United States, December 18, 1971, from Joseph Upicksoun, President, Arctic Slope Native Association --
Trail of Broken Treaties (1972) --
"Wounded Knee More Important than Watergate" --
Menominee Restoration Act of 1973 --
"Three-Point Program of the American Indian Movement" --
About AIM. Part F: 1974-Present: United States v. Washington--Boldt Decision (1974) --
"I Believe in the Laws of Nature" --
Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act, 1975 --
Pacific Northwest Stories --
Convicted of Being Chippewa and Sioux Blood by Leonard Peltier (1977) --
American Indian Religious Freedom Act --
Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978 --
"The Haudenosaunee Declaration of the Iroquois : Haudenosaunee Statement to the World" (May 1979) --
"On the Art of Stealing Human Rights" (1979) --
"Uranium Mining in the Black Hills" --
For America to Live, Europe Must Die, 1980 --
United States v. Sioux Nation of Indians (1980) --
All Indians of the Nation on Trial (1983) --
The Tekakwitha Conference Responds to Recommendations that Father Junipero Serra Be Declared Venerable, 1987 --
Hodel v. Irving (1987) --
House Concurrent Resolution 331 (1988) --
Waterlily --
National Tekakwitha Conference Vision Statement, 1988 --
Tribal Colleges --
Native American Grave Protection and Repatriation Act --
Greg Sarris Interview (March 9, 1992) --
White House Conference on Indian Education, 1992 --
Haudenosaunee Faithkeeper, Chief Oren Lyons addressing Delegates to the United Nations Organization Opened "The Year of the Indigenous Peoples" (1993) in the United Nations General Assembly Auditorium, United Nations Plaza, New York City, December 10, 1992 --
The Tekakwitha Conference Native Profession of Faith, 1995 --
Indian Sacred Sites Executive Order 13007, May 24, 1996 --
"No Matter What Happened to the Indians, We Will Always Have Our Spirit" by Bonnie Ballard (Fort Hall Shoshone-Bannock) : American Falls, Idaho--Age 16 --
Oren Lyons Narrative, 1997 --
"Use Science, but Trust Our Own Knowledge" --
How to Skin a Polar Bear / by Linda Akeya (Siberian Yup'ik) --
When People Carrying Bibles Came by Blanche Jones Criss --
New Paths, Old Ways by Verné Seum, Iñupiaq --
Minnesota v. Mille Lacs Band of Chippewa Indians, March 24, 1999 --
Vernon Bellecourt Speech at Kent State, May 4, 2000 --
Stumped? magazine interview with Chris Eyre (September 2002) --
Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (2006) --
Lieutenant Bill Cody Ayon (Southern Cheyenne), New Mexico National Guard, interviewed on September 16, 2007, Camp Cropper, Iraq --
Interview with John EchoHawk --
'Twas the Night before Ojibwe Christmas.
Responsibility: James E. Seelye Jr. and Steven A. Littleton, editors.


In a single source, this comprehensive two-volume work provides the entire history of American Indians, as told by Indians themselves.  Read more...


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