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American Indian Studies

This page is a starting point for all students researching American Indian issues. This guide is created by the Labriola National American Indian Data Center.

Article Databases

The following indexes and databases are accessed from the Arizona State University Libraries home page by clicking on “Articles” and entering the title of the database in the space provided.


In addition to the most important links listed below, there are a number of ever changing sites set up by environmental groups focusing on native peoples, land and communities.

Reference Books

The following bibliography lists reference material dealing with American Indian Environmental Issues. These resources include material found in the Labriola National American Indian Data Center in the ASU Library at Arizona State University, and websites. 


The following reference books can be found in the Labriola Center near the reference desk.


Video and Audio


Manuscript Collections

The following manuscript collections can be found in the Labriola Center. A finding guide is available at the Labriola reference desk. Also at the Arizona Archives online

Peterson Zah Collection, 1969-1994. Contains professional papers and correspondence, newspapers articles, photographs, audiovisual materials, and artifacts that range from 1969-1994. Other topics covered include: grazing issues; water rights; toxic waste; uranium workers; environmental issues and Navajo irrigation project.

Peter Iverson Collection, 1898-2002. Contains research materials, which were collected to support Dr. Iverson’s various publications. Other environmental topics consist of: water rights; effects of Uranium on the Navajos; stock reduction and mining leases.



Oral Histories

American Indian Oral History Collection, El Paso, TX: Southwest Micropublishing, 1990. Contains transcripts of oral histories and interviews of Navajo and Pueblo Indians held at the University of New Mexico in conjunction with the Center for Southwest Research. Primary sources on the effects of livestock reduction, water rights and land issues. A finding guide is available.

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.