Native American Authors

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

Is a feminist and activist for Native American rights. Her work has taken her to Mexico, Europe, and beyond. Her most famous book is, An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States, but you can find more below.

Louise Erdrich

A member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians, Louise Erdrich, is an author of novels, poetry, and Children’s books. Her focus is portraying Native American characters, and she owns a bookstore focusing on Native American Literature.

Leslie Marmon Silko

Living in Arizona, Leslie Marmon Silko is of Laguna Pueblo, Mexican, and Anglo-American heritage. She is known for her books and poetry on Native Americans, and she has gained influence through her mixed heritage and proximity to the Laguna Pueblo reservation. She has won many awards and has been noted as being a major contributor to Native American literature.


Gerald Vizenor

Gerald Vizenor is a member of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe and the White Earth Reservation. For many years, he was the Director of Native American Studies at the University of California, Berkley. He has authored many books on and about Native Americans


N. Scott Momaday

N. Scott Momaday is a Kiowa author who has written novels, short stories, essays, and poetry. He has been awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, the National Medal of Arts, and much more. He focuses on the preservation of indigenous oral and art traditions.


James Welch

James Welch was raised in the Blackfeet and A’aninin cultures. He is a Native American writer and poet who has won many awards including a Lifetime Achievement Award. He also participates in the Native American Resistance Movement.


Janet Campbell Hale

Janet Campbell Hale is a Native American author who grew up on the Coeur d’Alene and Yakima reservations. She attended the University of California at Berkeley and at Davis. She has written many books, and she has won many awards to include the National Endowment for the Arts, the Fellowship in Creative Writing, a Carnegie Authors Fund grant, and much more.

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