Our History is the Future: Standing Rock Versus the Dakota Access Pipeline, and the Long Tradition of Indigenous Resistance is written by Nick Estes, a citizen of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe and co-founder of Red Nation. Our History is the Future, is the story of a small protest encampment at the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota, which was initially established to block construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline. This protest grew to be the largest Indigenous protest movement in the twenty-first century.
Inconvenient Skin / nayêhtâwan wasakay written by Shane Koyczan, Cree, and now available in paperback, is a dual language English and Cree poetry and art book. It includes the artwork by Kent Monkman, of Cree ancestry; Joseph Sánchez, a leader in Indigenous and Chicano arts since the 1970s; Jim Logan, who grew up in a Métis household; and Nadia Kwandibens Anishinaabe (Ojibwe) from the Animakee Wa Zhing #37 First Nation. The Cree translation is provided by Solomon Ratt.
An American Sunrise by Joy Harjo, Mvskoke, and first Native American Poet Laureate of the United States, is an anthology of poetry informed by her history and connection to the land. Mvskoke people were forcibly removed from their original lands east of the Mississippi to Indian Territory, now part of Oklahoma. Joy Harjo returns to these lands and opens up a dialogue with history through her personal life stories through poems.
Pathways of Reconciliation: Indigenous and Settler Approaches to Implementing the TRCs Calls to Action is edited by Aimée Craft, an Indigenous (Anishinaabe-Métis) lawyer (called to the Bar in 2005) from Treaty 1 territory in Manitoba, and Paulette Regan, an independent scholar, researcher, public educator and co-facilitator of an intercultural history and reconciliation education workshop series and formerly the research director for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. This book is part of the Perceptions on Truth and Reconciliation 2.
An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States for Young People by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, human rights activist in international Indigenous movements for more than four decades, is an adapted version of An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States but now for teen and young adult readers. This book is adapted by Jean Mendoza and Debbie Reese (Nambé Pueblo) who authors the American Indians in Children’s Literature website.
NDN Trojan Horse: Tracing Postindian Survivance in Indigenous Art in the 1980s & Now, A Manifesto, by Rhéanne Chartrand, is a reflection of her work as resident (now curator) of Indigenous Art at the McMaster Museum of Art. This work of curated art reflects changes in attitudes and collection displays of Indigenous art at a time of the 2017 International Indigenous conference led by the Six Nations of the Grand River Polytechnic; McMaster’s development of the Indigenous Studies program, a Canadian Art Museum directors organization conference on Indigeneity and the Museum.
The Unexpected Cop: Indian Ernie on a Life of Leadership by Ernie Louttit is the author’s story of his life as a police officer and later as an author and leader. Acknowledging what has been lost and what can still be gained or recovered in traditional learning, Louttit’s adds that young people will be champions of this new learning – oral traditions of storytelling in the midst of new media but what is taken from it will challenge how well we are grounded in what we value and believe.
In Men, Masculinity and the Indian Act, Martin Cannon, Onyota’a:ka (Oneida Nation) Turtle Clan, is about the inter-relationship between sexism and racialization. This book focuses on the impact of the Indian Act on the divisibility of Indigenous women into either/or ‘women’ or ‘Indians’. It also focuses on the collectivity of “Indians” in this Act, which affects men, women, two-spirit, transgendered or gay people.
The North-West is Our Mother by Jean Teillet, great-grandniece of Louis Riel is the story of Louis Riel’s people, the Métis Nation of the Canadian North-West. The Métis Nation are a new Indigenous people descended from First Nations and Europeans and their narrative is missing as Indigenous peoples of Canada. This was first discussed in 1909 by the Old Wolves. Questions such as who are the Métis, what makes them a Nation, where they are, and their Indian ancestry are all answered in this book, which covers the period from the 1790s to 2018.