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Vine Deloria Jr.

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In 1969, Deloria published his first of more than twenty books, entitled Custer Died for Your Sins: An Indian Manifesto. This book became one of Deloria's most famous works; he looked to shatter Indian stereotypes and challenged white audiences to take a hard look at the brutal history of American western expansionism. The American Anthropological Association sponsored a panel in response to Custer Died for Your Sins, and many artifacts and human remains were later returned to tribes as a result. Deloria wrote and edited many subsequent books, focusing on many issues as they relate to Native Americans, such as education and religion. He was involved with many Native American organizations, and was a board member of the National Museum of the American Indian beginning in 1977. Deloria taught at the University of Arizona from 1978 to 1990, and then taught at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

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Deloria was born in Martin, South Dakota, near the Pine Ridge Oglala Sioux Indian Reservation, and was first educated at reservation schools. Deloria had one-quarter Indian ancestry, and was a member of the a Native American of Standing Rock Sioux tribe. From 1964 to 1967, Deloria was Executive Director of the National Congress of American Indians.

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Spirit and Reason

Artist - Author: 
Vine Deloria
In this collection of writings culled from his extensive career, including several works never before published, Vin Deloria explores a wide array of topics, challenging theories of religion and science, examining the problems of modern education, and expounding on our understanding of the world.

Power and Place

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Vine Deloria
Formal Indian education in America stretches all the way from reservation preschools to prestigious urban universities far away from Indian cultural centers. This educational journey spans two distinct value systems and worldviews. At their meeting is the opportunity for the two cultures to both teach and learn from one another.

Behind the Trail of Broken Treaties: An Indian Declaration of Independence

Artist - Author: 
Vine Deloria Jr.
Originally published in 1974, just as the Wounded Knee occupation was coming to an end, Behind the Trail of Broken Treaties raises disturbing questions about the status of American Indians within the American and international political landscapes.

The Indian Reorganization Act

Artist - Author: 
Vine Deloria Jr.
Important documents of the premier years of reform in federal Indian policy as well as the bill itself.

Tribes, Treaties and Constitutional Tribulations

Artist - Author: 
Vine Deloria Jr.

"Federal Indian law . . . is a loosely related collection of past and present acts of Congress, treaties and agreements, executive orders, administrative rulings, and judicial opinions, connected only by the fact that law in some form has been applied haphazardly to American Indians over the course of several centuries. . . .

Custer Died for Your Sins

Artist - Author: 
Vine Deloria Jr.
Using history as a focus, the author writes with passion for better treatment of the American Indian.

Red Earth, White Lies: Native Americans and the Myth of Scientific Fact

Artist - Author: 
Vine Deloria Jr.
Deloria's battle against ignorance about American Indians has frequently taken the form of paradigm-challenging books, such as the best-selling Custer Died for Your Sins (1969) and this bold critique of scientific theories in general and their application to American Indian history in particular.

The World We Used to Live in: Remembering the Powers of the Medicine Men

Artist - Author: 
Vine Deloria Jr.
Before his death, Deloria was re-examining Native spirituality. His years of collecting Native stories of the medicine men, and exploring spirituality from different perspectives are brought together in this book.

Singing for a Spirit: A Portrait of the Dakota Sioux

Artist - Author: 
Vine Deloria Jr.
Filled with true stories, legends, and descriptions of traditional Dakota Sioux life, this book is a unique record of a people whose existence was engulfed and forever changed by the westward expansion of the United States. It is also the story of the Deloria family.

Native American Testimony

Artist - Author: 
Vine Deloria Jr.
An updated edition of this classic collection of more than 500 years of Native American history. Revised to bring this important chronicle to the end of the millennium, anthropologist Peter Nabokov presents a history of Native American and white relations as seen though Indian eyes and told through Indian voices.

Team Spirits: The Native American Mascots Controversy

Artist - Author: 
Vine Deloria Jr.
A growing controversy in recent years has arisen around the use and abuse of Native American team mascots.

The Nations Within: The Past and Future of American Indian Sovereignty

Artist - Author: 
Vine Deloria Jr.
Those of us who try to understand what is happening in North American Indian communities have learned to see Vine Deloria, Jr., both as an influential actor in the ongoing drama and also as its most knowledgeable interpreter. This new book on Indian self-rule is the most informative that I have seen in my own half-century of reading.

American Indian Policy in the Twentieth Century

Artist - Author: 
Vine Deloria Jr.
A collection of essays on federal Indian policy originally published (cloth) in 1985 by the U. of Oklahoma Press.

Exploring the Indigenous World View (Audio Cassette)

Artist - Author: 
Vine Deloria Jr.
Vine Deloria, a Native American scholar, cites intriguing anomalies - such as petroglyphs of dinosaurs - and describes Native American astronomy. He suggests the indigenous world view may turn out to be the correct one. In hour 2, Vine compares the western and indigenous world views, and shares stories medicine men have told him.

God is Red: A Native View of Religion, 30th Anniversary Edition (Paperback)

Artist - Author: 
Vine Deloria Jr.
First published in 1972, God Is Red remains the seminal work on Native religious views, asking new questions about our species and our ultimate fate. This best-selling classic reminds us to learn "that we are a part of nature, not a transcendent species with no responsibilities to the natural world."