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Civic Classics Collection

A special collection that supports ASU's mission of civic education

Indigenous Peoples

"Indigenous Peoples" used in place of "First People" after consultation with Labriola National American Indian Data Center staff

Zitkala-Sa's Old Indian Legends (1901)
Old Indian Legends. Retold by Zitkala-Sa. Published in Boston by Ginn & Company in 1901.
Old Indian Legends is a collection of Sioux short stories not written but “retold” by Zitkala-Sa, also known as Gertrude Bonnin, an American Indian woman best known for her political activism and her writing. Her name means . . . Continue reading
Chief Joseph's Own Story (1925)
Chief Joseph's Own Story. Written by Joseph (Nez Percé Chief). Published in St. Paul, Minnesota by Great Northern Railway in 1925.  [Original publication: Joseph. "An Indian’s Views of Indian Affairs.” The North American Review. Vol. 128. April 1879. Pp. 412-33].

The ASU Library acknowledges the twenty-three Native Nations that have inhabited this land for centuries. Arizona State University's four campuses are located in the Salt River Valley on ancestral territories of Indigenous peoples, including the Akimel O’odham (Pima) and Pee Posh (Maricopa) Indian Communities, whose care and keeping of these lands allows us to be here today. ASU Library acknowledges the sovereignty of these nations and seeks to foster an environment of success and possibility for Native American students and patrons. We are advocates for the incorporation of Indigenous knowledge systems and research methodologies within contemporary library practice. ASU Library welcomes members of the Akimel O’odham and Pee Posh, and all Native nations to the Library.