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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.


American Indian Periodicals on Microform from the Princeton University Library, 1884-1981.

The collection is one of the most important collections of periodicals in the world produced by the Indians. It includes newsletters, church and school bulletins, and political broadsides that cover almost every topic. Ask for guide at reference desk.

Cherokee Phoenix, New Echota, GA (1828-1829), Cherokee Phoenix, Indians’ Advocate, New Echota, GA (1829-1834).

One of the earliest American Indian newspapers, first published on February 21, 1828, Elias Boudinot, Editor. The paper is published in English and Cherokee using Sequoya’s syllabary. It emphasizes laws, manners and customs of the Cherokee, news of the day, and miscellaneous articles promoting literature civilization and religion. There is much material on removal. NOTE: An online index is at American Native Press Archives, University of Arkansas, Little Rock:

Chronicles of Oklahoma:

Contains numerous journal articles on the Oklahoma tribes. It is searchable and provides full-text printout.


Ethnic Newswatch 
Available are a number of Native press papers, which include the Cherokee Advocate.

The site is searchable and full-text articles may be downloaded. It is available by clicking on “articles” from ASU Library’ home page.



Atlas of American Indian Affairs, by Francis Paul Prucha. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1990. E77 .P83x

Indian Territory, Compiled under the direction of Charles H. Fitch, Topographer in Charge of the Indian Territory Surveys. Department of the Interior, 1898.

Map of the Chickasaw Nation, Indian Territory, Compiled from the Official Records of the United States Geological Survey. Department of the Interior, Commission on the Five Civilized Tribes, 1900.

Map of the Choctaw Nation, Indian Territory, Compiled from the Official Records of the United States Geological Survey. Department of the Interior, Commission on the Five Civilized Tribes, 1900.

Map of Indian Territory and Oklahoma, 1890.

Map showing Progress of Allotment in Creek Nation. Department of the Interior, Commission to the Five Civilized Tribes.



Reference Books

The following bibliography honors the Five Southeastern Tribes, the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Creek, Choctaw, and Seminole. Material is held in the Labriola Center and covers history of the tribe both before and after removal from their ancestral homelands in the southeast, feast of the Mississippi from Lake Michigan to Florida. They owned plantations, lived in frame houses, had governments with written constitutions, a public school system, a written language, and a newspaper, and some had black slaves. Their forced removal to Oklahoma was authorized by President Andrew Jackson with passage of the 1830 Indian Removal Act. The following bibliography includes basic reference materials along with both primary and secondary resources.


Secondary Sources – Books


The following list is a representative sample of material in the Labriola Center. For additional information, search the ASU online catalog under “keyword” for the names of the various tribes. Information can also be found in Hayden stacks, the Law Library, and government documents.



Census Records


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.