These resources contain information for teachers or parents who want to help young children learn about Native Americans.
American Indian Library Association’s Youth Literature Awards
Source: American Indian Library Association (AILA)
Every other year, AILA publishes a list of picture books, middle grade books, and young adult books that it recognizes for presenting “Indigenous North American peoples in the fullness of their humanity.”
Federal Indian Boarding School Initiative
Source: U.S. Department of the Interior
This federal webpage offers reports and resources based on a comprehensive effort to recognize the troubled legacy of federal Indian boarding school policies with the goal of addressing their intergenerational impact and to shed light on the traumas of the past.
First American Art Magazine
Source: First American Art Magazine, LLC
Articles in this magazine cover contemporary and historical art by Native people and include many images of people and artwork.
Indian Country Today
Source: IndiJ Public Media
This media outlet’s website is a source of up-to-date news and opinion, both text and video, on topics especially relevant to Native Americans.
National Museum of the American Indian
Source: Smithsonian Institution
This website offers a variety of resources, from collections of images to professional development webinars for educators.
Native Land Digital
Source: Native Land Digital
This Indigenous-led, carefully researched web resource includes blogs and interactive maps that enable users to find the ancestral homelands of Native nations.
Native People of Illinois
Source: Illinois State Museum
This 12-minute video, intended for children in kindergarten to second grade, gives an overview of Native Americans in what is now called Illinois, from Cahokia to the present.
Tribal Nations and the United States: An Introduction
Source: National Congress of American Indians (NCAI)
This booklet-length report from NCAI provides easy-to-understand background information for adults about tribal governance and the political relationships Native Nations have with the U.S. government.
Wisconsin First Nations Book List K-2
Source: Wisconsin First Nations: American Indian Studies in Wisconsin
This resource for educators suggests 14 picture books by Native writers and artists, with emphasis on tribal nations of the Great Lakes region.
Books for Adults
“All the Real Indians Died Off” and 20 Other Myths About Native Americans by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz and Dina Gilio-Whitaker Do All Indians Live in Tipis? Questions and Answers from the National Museum of the American Indian by the National Museum of the American Indian staff Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians But Were Afraid to Ask by Anton Treuer An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States for Young People by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, adapted by Jean Mendoza and Debbie Reese New Native Kitchen by Chef Freddie Bitsoie and James O. Fraioli Original Local by Heid E. Erdrich The Sioux Chef by Sean Sherman Books for Children
Fall in Line, Holden by Daniel Vandever Jingle Dancer by Cynthia Leitich Smith Mission to Space by John Herrington Bowwow Powwow by Brenda Child Cradle Me by Debbie Slier