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The collection counters the often stereotypical views of American Indian art, in general, and Great Lakes Indian art, in particular. The difficulty in adequately documenting Native Americans lies in the fact that the history of Native Americans is transmitted through artifacts and through an oral tradition intimately bound with a living culture rather than in the letters, diaries and other written documents that we associate with other groups and which are routinely collected by archival agencies like the Bentley.
To find primary sources held at the MSU Libraries, perform a in the library catalog with the terms s: Indians and s: North America and one of the following subject keyword(s) s:archives; s:archival resources; cs:orrespondence; s:diaries; s:manuscripts; s:notebooks, sketchbooks, etc.; s:personal narratives; s:personnel records; s:records and correspondence; and s:sources.
The last option -- s:sources will probably be the most productive.
Central Michigan University Native American Material in the Michigan Pioneer and Historical Collections : An important but often overlooked Native American resource.
Each volume includes letters, speeches, memorial reports, private and professional papers of individuals, as well as personal remembrances and historical essays.
The bulk of these materials span a period of roughly two hundred years, from 1650 to 1850. For example, the collections contain essays written about Michigan's ancient burial mounds as well as documents from the civil war era.
In 1971, members occupied Mount Rushmore; in 1972, they took over the Bureau of Indian Affairs headquarters in Washington, D. In February 1973, AIM members initiated a 71-day siege at Wounded Knee, South Dakota, in response to the 1890 massacre of some 150 Lakota men, women and children by the U. Seventh Calvary...includes FBI documentation on the evolution of AIM as an organization of social protest, as well as valuable documentation on the 1973 Wounded Knee standoff.