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. Adam Matthew is extremely grateful for their continuing support of this project.

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)

Highlights

  • Ak-Chin O'odham Runner (published by the Ak-Chin Indian Community, Maricopa, Arizona)
  • Bacone Indian and the Baconian (published by Bacone College, Muskogee, Oklahoma)
  • Cherokee Phoenix (Cherokee Advocate) and Cherokee Voices (published in Tahlequah, Oklahoma)
  • Hocak Worak (published by the Ho-Chunk Nation, Black River Falls, Wisconsin)
  • Hopi Action News (published by the Hopi Tribe in Hopitutskwa, Arizona)
  • Native Nevadan (published by the Inter-Tribal Council of Nevada)
  • Navajo Times (published in Window Rock, Arizona)
  • Osage News (published in Pawhuska, Oklahoma)
  • Rawhide Press (published by the Spokane Tribe, City of Spokane, Washington)
  • Win Awenen Nisitotung (published by the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan)

Source Archives

  • Sequoyah National Research Center, University of Arkansas at Little Rock
  • The Newberry Library, Chicago

Partner Organisations

Adam Matthew Digital has worked closely with the publishers and Tribal Councils producing the titles digitised in this resource, and is extremely grateful for the 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

Editorial Board

  • 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‚ÄôBrien, University of Minnesota
  • Paul C. Rosier, Villanova University
  • Brandon Scott, Cherokee Phoenix
  • Scott Stevens, Syracuse University
  • Robert Warrior, University of Kansas

Subjects

  • Community news
  • Public health and welfare
  • Education
  • Cultural promotion and language revitalisation
  • Consumerism and commercial enterprises
  • Activism and protest
  • American Indian Movement
  • Natural resources and environmentalism
  • Tribal laws, process and elections
  • Sovereignty
  • Land cession, property and land rights
  • Media representation
  • Conflict, war and conscription

Key Features

  • Article-level searching and browsing
  • Contextual essays
  • Visual galleries
  • Interactive data visualisations