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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.

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Carlos Montezuma , physician and Indian rights activist, was born near Four Peaks in the Superstition Mountains of Central Arizona about 1866. He was the son of Yavapai Indians, Co-cu-ye-va and Thil-ge-ya, but was captured by Pima Indians and then sold to Carlos Gentile, who gave him his Anglo name. Gentile took him to Washington, DC and then to Chicago, where he received a public school education, and later was awarded a degree from the University of Illinois. He received his medical education from Northwestern University, and established a private practice in Chicago. He founded the journal, Wassaja, in 1916, which addressed issues dealing with Indian rights. He ultimately returned to Fort McDowell Indian Reservation, where he died in 1923.

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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.