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Indigenous Resources

Highlights resources pertaining to Indigenous Peoples, and the focus is on communities Indigenous to Turtle Island (North America)

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Over the years different terms have been used to represent people Indigenous to a specific area, when searching try using different keywords in your search. Please see the Indigenous Terminology tab for more in-depth resources.

Commonly used in American Based Content:  

  • Native American, American Indian, Indigenous
  • Alaskan Native 
  • Pacific Islanders, Hawaii Natives

Commonly used in Canadian Based Content:

  • Native, First Nations, Aboriginal, First Peoples
  • Inuit 
  • Metis 

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I would like to acknowledge that the University of Michigan resides on the traditional Territories of the Three Fire Peoples - the Ojibwe, Odawa, and Bodewadmi. As we work, live, and play on these territories we must keep in mind the ongoing effects of colonization, communities' struggle for self-determination, colonial state violence, and the recognition of Indigenous sovereignty.