"Kansas - neither particularly northern nor southern, and yet reflective of educational and social trends in both the North and the South - is a place that Americans have continually turned to as a testing ground for ideas about the ways in which they should think about themselves. The state has long been at the geographical and ideological center of battles over freedom, citizenship, equality, and education...." (Warren, p. 8)
Warren K. C. (2010). The quest for citizenship: African American and Native American education in Kansas, 1880-1935. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press.
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Abbott Mihesuah, D. (1998). Natives and academics: Researching and writing about American Indians. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press.
When a people begin to write their own history, it is important. This book discusses the significance of Native scholars writing Native history but also, the influence those Native scholars could have on the field as a whole.
Deloria, P. J., & Salisbury, N. (2004). A companion to American Indian history. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.
This is not an encyclopedia but it includes articles about many dimensions of the Indian experience: economies, political structure, social values and, an incisive, well-crafted study of the idea of education by K. Tsianina Lomawaima. Edited by highly respected scholars, Philip Deloria and Neal Salisbury.
Inouye, D. K. (2006). Tiller’s guide to Indian Country: economic profiles of American Indian reservations. (V. E. V. Tiller, Ed.) . Albuquerque, N.M: Bow Arrow Publishing Co.
This is a regularly published collection and it is a rich resource for learning details about each of the 562 federally recognized tribes. It includes information about location and land status, government and infrastructure, community services and facilities, culture and history, economic activity, and contact information with official tribal website addresses.
Kovach, M. (2010). Indigenous methodologies: characteristics, conversations, and contexts (Reprint edition). Toronto Buffalo London: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division.
Kovach's study is one of a growing body of work that is devoted to highlighting indigenous methodologies for writing and interpreting the Indigenous experience that takes tribal knowledge and perspective as its jumping off point.
Nies, J. (1996). Native American history: A chronology of a culture’s vast achievements and their links to world events. New York, NY: Ballantine Books.
A chronological reference book, simple enough that the description says it is accessible down to the 5th grade. The timeline, with details, that it provides, along with a modern perspective on events, makes this a useful, albeit general, resource.
Prucha, F. P. (Ed.). (2000). Documents of United States Indian policy: third edition. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press.
A very useful compendium of governmental documents covering everything from sovereignty, religious freedom, repatriation of human remains, health issues, and tribal policies. The legislation related to education is well-documented here.
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Ricky, D. (1999). Encyclopedia of Kansas Indians. Fulshear, TX: Somerset Publishers, Inc.
This 800-page, 2 volume set is, in fact, an encyclopedia. It has numerous, brief biographies of notable figures from Indian history, as well as short profiles of many tribes and an overview of history, from ancient to present-day.