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Indigenous Studies/Native American Studies Lib Guide

What are Native Americans or Indigenous Peoples


A member of any of the indigenous peoples of the western hemisphere. Often these were the original populations before European colonizers.

WSU Land Acknowledgement

Wayne State University rests on Waawiyaataanong, also referred to as Detroit, the ancestral and contemporary homeland of the Three Fires Confederacy. These sovereign lands were granted by the Ojibwe, Odawa, Potawatomi, and Wyandot nations, in 1807, through the Treaty of Detroit. Wayne State University affirms Indigenous sovereignty and honors all tribes with a connection to Detroit. With our Native neighbors, WSU can advance educational equity and promote a better future for the earth and all people.

Excerpted From: 
A Resolution Supporting the Creation of a Campus-wide Provisional Land Acknowledgement, and to Respect the Legacy of Native Peoples. Presented on the 16th of April 2020. Student Senate, Wayne State University.

"A land acknowledgement is an optional statement, often given at the beginning of organized events, celebrations and activities, or published in printed materials. A shortened land acknowledgement can also be used for email signatures. The purpose of a land acknowledgement is to recognize, respect and affirm the ongoing relationship between Indigenous people and the land. Land acknowledgements also raise awareness about the Indigenous histories, perspectives and experiences that are often suppressed or forgotten."

Guide to Land Acknowledgements, Native American Institute, Michigan State University

Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA)

American Indian Higher Education Consortium

Association of American Indian Affairs (AAIA)

Resources about Indigenous/Native Americans

Resources for Classes

American Apartheid: The Native American Struggle for Self-Determination and Inclusion

Woodard discusses self determination of Native Americans. Published 2018


Being Indigenous: Perspectives on Activism, Culture, Language and Identity / Edition 1

Editor Neoyooxet Greymorning discusses Indigenous Perspectives


Published: 2018

Journal: Indian Country Today provides articles from 1983-2011

Available in Wayne State University's catalog

Ethnic Studies in Academic and Research Libraries—eEditions PDF e-book |  ALA Store

Book: Whose land is it anyway? A Manuel for Decolonization


A collection of essays from Arthur Manuel, Taiaiake Alfred, and others about decolonizing Canada compiled by Peter McFarlane and Nicole Schabus.

Created by Sarah M. Henry Boggs at Wayne State University who is a Graduate Student Assistant in the Library System