American Indian Newspapers

Discover North American Indigenous journalism spanning two centuries with this major digital resource.

American Indian Newspapers presents the publications of a range of communities, with an extensive list of periodicals produced in the United States and Canada, including Alaska, Arizona, British Columbia, California, Nevada and Oklahoma, from 1828 to 2016.

Representing a huge variety in style, production and audience, the newspapers include national periodicals as well as local community news and student publications. This digital collection provides exciting research opportunities into a range of subjects from an Indigenous perspective, including the civil rights era and American Indian Movement (AIM), education, environmentalism, land rights and cultural representation.

This resource has been developed with, and has only been made possible by, the permission and contribution of the newspaper publishers and Tribal Councils concerned. AM is extremely grateful for the continuing support of the following partners:

  • Ak-Chin Indian Community
  • Bacone College
  • Cherokee Phoenix
  • Comanche Nation News
  • Ho-Chunk Nation
  • Hopi Tribe
  • Inter-Tribal Council of Nevada
  • Navajo Times
  • Osage News
  • Spokane Tribe
  • Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians

As part of our commitment to enabling and enhancing research opportunities, we are delighted to be providing free access to American Indian Newspapers for all Tribal colleges and universities in the US. If your institution could benefit from online access to American Indian Newspapers, please contact us.

Key data

Period covered

1828-2016 (bulk of material from 1970-2016)

Source archives

  • Sequoyah National Research Center, University of Arkansas at Little Rock
  • The Newberry Library, Chicago
  • Cultural studies
  • History
  • Jason Begay, University of Montana, formerly of the Navajo Times
  • Brenda J. Child, University of Minnesota
  • Erin Fehr, Sequoyah National Research Center at University of Arkansas, Little Rock
  • K. Tsianina Lomawaima, Arizona State University
  • Jean O’Brien, University of Minnesota
  • Paul C. Rosier, Villanova University
  • Brandon Scott, Cherokee Phoenix
  • Scott Stevens, Syracuse University
  • Robert Warrior, University of Kansas
  • J. Hau'oli Ikaika Po'ikela Lorenzo-Elarco, Hawaiian Language Consultant
  • Armik Mirzayan, Associate Professor, University of South Dakota
  • David Robertson, Consultant Linguist
  • Communities, Peoples and Nations
  • Ethnic and Indigenous Studies
  • North American Studies
  • Article level searching and browsing
  • Contextual essays
  • Visual galleries
  • Interactive data visualisations


Supporting material


Introducing American Indian Newspapers


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