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American Indian Studies Research Guide: Introduction

Guide to the Library's collections relating to American Indians


Congressman Ben Reifel and another man admiring a painting by Oscar Howe.

Resources in the Hilton M. Briggs Library

The Hilton M. Briggs Library maintains extensive collections of materials in American Indian Studies, including history, art, literature, sociology, education, archeology, and other related disciplines.  


How to Use This Guide

Use the tabs at the top of the page to browse specific areas of research. If you have questions or need assistance, please contact me and I will be happy to help you find resources.

Starting Your Search

Keywords and Subject Headings

When beginning your research, select keywords that will help you find the information you seek. When doing your searches, you may have to narrow or broaden your terms.

Example keywords and subject headings include: 

  • American Indian
  • Native American
  • Indigenous
  • Indians of North America
  • Indians of North America--Great Plains
  • Indians of North America--West (U.S.)
  • Indians of North America--Education
  • Indians of North America--Ethnic identity
  • Indians of North America--Folklore
  • Indians of North America--History
  • Indians of North America--Languages
  • Indians of North America--Legal status, laws, etc.
  • Indians of North America--Missions
  • Indians of North America--Music
  • Indians of North America--Pictorial works
  • Indians of North America--Politics and government
  • Indians of North America--Social life and customs
  • Indians of North America--Treaties
  • Dakota Indians
  • Oglala Indians
  • Santee Indians 
  • Teton Indians 
  • Yankton Indians 

You can also try names of individuals:

  • Crazy Horse
  • Geronimo
  • Pocahontas
  • Sacagawea
  • Sitting Bull

Highlights in the Colleciton

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