Fiction written by Native American authors
RHS= Available in RHS Library
RHS Bruchac, Joseph. Code Talker: a novel about the Navajo Marines of World War Two
After being taught in a boarding school run by whites that Navajo is a useless language, Ned Begay and other Navajo men are recruited by the Marines to become Code Talkers, sending messages during World War II in their native tongue.
RHS Bruchac, Joseph. Brothers of the Buffalo : a novel of the Red River War.
In 1874, the U.S. Army sent troops to subdue and move the Native Americans of the southern plains to Indian reservations, and this chronicles the brief and brutal war that followed. Told from the viewpoint of two youths from opposite sides of the fight, this is a tale of conflict and unlikely friendship in the Wild West
RHS Erdrich, Louise. The Plague of Doves.
In 1911, a farm family is killed in Pluto, North Dakota, and three Ojibwe are lynched for the murders even though there is no evidence of their guilt; and years later, the events of the crime reverberate among the descendants of those involved.
Erdrich, Louise.The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse.
Father Damien Modeste has served the Ojibwe on the remote reservation of Little No Horse for more than half a century, and as he nears the end of his life, he begins to fear that if the tribe discovers he is really a woman who has lived a man’s life, all of his hard work will be undone.
RHS Gansworth, Eric. If I Ever Get Out of Here.
Seventh-grader Lewis “Shoe” Blake from the Tuscarora Reservation has a new friend, George Haddonfield from the local Air Force base, but in 1975 upstate New York there is a lot of tension and hatred between Native Americans and Whites–and Lewis is not sure
that he can rely on friendship.
RHS Gansworth, Eric. Give Me Some Truth.
In 1980 life is hard on the Tuscarora Reservation in upstate New York, and most of the teenagers feel like they are going nowhere: Carson Mastick dreams of forming a rock band, and Maggi Bokoni longs to create her own conceptual artwork instead of the traditional beadwork that her family sells to tourists–but tensions are rising between the reservation and the surrounding communities, and somehow in the confusion of politics and growing up Carson and Maggi have to make a place for themselves.
Glancy, Diane. Pushing the Bear : a novel of the Trail of Tears.
Maritole, one of the many thousands of Cherokees who were uprooted from their homes after being betrayed by the U.S. government, struggles to survive on the forced march along the Trail of Tears, while searching to understand why this has happened to her people.
Hale, Janet Campbell. The Jailing of Cecelia Capture.
Cecelia Capture Welles, an Indian law student and mother of two, is jailed on her thirtieth birthday for drunk driving. Held on an old welfare fraud charge, she reflects back on her life on the reservation in Idaho, her days as an unwed mother in San Francisco, her
marriage to a white liberal, and her decision to return to college. This mixed inheritance of ambition and despair brings her to the brink of suicide.
Mathews, John Joseph. Sundown.
Challenge Windzer, was born at the beginning of the twentieth century “when the god of the great Osages was still dominate over the wild prairie and the blackjack hills” of northeast Oklahoma Territory. Named by his father to be “a challenge to the disinheritors of his people,” Windzer finds it hard to fulfill his destiny, despite oil money, a university education, and the opportunities presented by the Great War and the roaring twenties.
Momaday, N. Scott. House Made of Dawn.
In this Pulitzer Prize winning novel Abel, a young American Indian home from a foreign war, finds himself torn between his father’s world on the reservation and the lure of industrial America.
Orange, Tommy. There There : a novel.
The story of twelve characters, each of whom have private reasons for traveling to the Big Oakland Powwow.
Roanhorse, Rebecca. Trail of Lightning.
While most of the world has drowned beneath the sudden rising waters of a climate apocalypse, Dinetah (formerly the Navajo reservation) has been reborn. The gods and heroes of legend walk the land, but so do monsters. Maggie Hoskie is a Dinetah monster hunter, a supernaturally gifted killer. When a small town needs help finding a missing girl, Maggie is their last best hope.
RHS Silko, Leslie Marmon. Ceremony.
Follows Tayo, a young Native American, after his release from a veteran’s hospital
following World War II as he searches for meaning and sanity in his life.
Smith, Cynthia Leitich. Hearts Unbroken.
The story of a Native teen navigating the complicated, confusing waters of high school.
Welch, James. Fools Crow.
In 1870 the Lone Eaters, a small band of Pikuni (or Blackfeet) Indians, are living in the Two Medicine Territory of Montana. The extinction of the Pikuni way of life is ominously in sight. Only the form of that end is in question.