Books for Native American Heritage Month

By Kaitlyn Spotts | November 1 2021 | General

In celebration of Native American Heritage Month, Penguin Random House is highlighting the stories of our authors as well as voices in the community who authentically represent the Indigenous Experience.  Using #StoriesoftheLand, #NativeAmericanbooks and #Indigenousreads join us in putting a spotlight on the rich and diverse stories showcasing the important contributions and experiences of Native people. 

Penguin Random House recognizes the importance of supporting the Native community.  As such, we will donate 15% of net proceeds from all direct sales on between November 1, 2021- November 30, 2021, up to $30,000 to The American Indian College Fund.  We embrace their mission of providing financial support for Native American students and tribal colleges and universities. 


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An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States for Young People
Spanning more than 400 years, this classic bottom-up history examines the legacy of Indigenous peoples' resistance, resilience, and steadfast fight against imperialism.
$18.95 US
Jul 23, 2019
280 Pages
Beacon Press

Two Roads
A boy discovers his Native American heritage in this Depression-era tale of identity and friendship by the author of Code Talker
$8.99 US
Aug 27, 2019
320 Pages
Puffin Books

Native American Testimony
A Chronicle of Indian-White Relations from Prophecy to the Present, 1492-2000
From the author of How the World Moves--the classic collection of more than 500 years of Native American HistoryIn a series of powerful and moving documents, anthropologist Peter Nabokov presents a history of Native American and white relations as seen though Indian eyes and told through Indian voices. Beginning with the Indians' first encounters with European explorers, traders, missionaries, settlers, and soldiers to the challenges confronting Native American culture today, Native American Testimony spans five hundred years of interchange between the two peoples. Drawing from a wide range of sources--traditional narratives, Indian autobiographies, government transcripts, firsthand interviews, and more--Nabokov has assembled a remarkably rich and vivid collection, representing nothing less than an alternate history of North America.
$21.00 US
Dec 01, 1999
528 Pages
Penguin Books

Where the Dead Sit Talking
FINALIST FOR THE 2018 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR FICTION. A spare, lyrical Native American coming of age story set in rural Oklahoma in the late 1980s.
$16.00 US
Jun 04, 2019
288 Pages
Soho Press

Sabrina & Corina
Selected for common reading at:
$17.00 US
Apr 07, 2020
240 Pages
One World

An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States
Today in the United States, there are more than five hundred federally recognized Indigenous nations comprising nearly three million people, descendants of the fifteen million Native people who once inhabited this land. The centuries-long genocidal program of the US settler-colonial regimen has largely been omitted from history. Now, for the first time, acclaimed historian and activist Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz offers a history of the United States told from the perspective of Indigenous peoples and reveals how Native Americans, for centuries, actively resisted expansion of the US empire.
$17.95 US
Aug 11, 2015
312 Pages
Beacon Press

Notable Native People
50 Indigenous Leaders, Dreamers, and Changemakers from Past and Present
An accessible and educational illustrated book profiling 50 notable American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian people, from NBA star Kyrie Irving of the Standing Rock Lakota to Wilma Mankiller, the first female principal chief of the Cherokee Nation.
$18.99 US
Oct 19, 2021
144 Pages
Ten Speed Press

The Heartsong of Charging Elk
A Novel
Charging Elk, an Oglala Sioux, joins Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show and journeys from the Black Hills of South Dakota to the back streets of nineteenth-century Marseille. Left behind in a Marseille hospital after a serious injury while the show travels on, he is forced to remake his life alone in a strange land. He struggles to adapt as well as he can, while holding on to the memories and traditions of life on the Plains and eventually falling in love. But none of the worlds the Indian has known can prepare him for the betrayal that follows. This is a story of the American Indian that we have seldom seen: a stranger in a strange land, often an invisible man, loving, violent, trusting, wary, protective, and defenseless against a society that excludes him but judges him by its rules. At once epic and intimate, The Heartsong of Charging Elk echoes across time, geography, and cultures.
$16.95 US
Oct 02, 2001
448 Pages

The Journey of Crazy Horse
A Lakota History
Drawing on vivid oral histories, Joseph M. Marshall’s intimate biography introduces a never-before-seen portrait of Crazy Horse and his Lakota communityMost of the world remembers Crazy Horse as a peerless warrior who brought the U.S. Army to its knees at the Battle of Little Bighorn. But to his fellow Lakota Indians, he was a dutiful son and humble fighting man who—with valor, spirit, respect, and unparalleled leadership—fought for his people’s land, livelihood, and honor. In this fascinating biography, Joseph M. Marshall, himself a Lakota Indian, creates a vibrant portrait of the man, his times, and his legacy.Thanks to firsthand research and his culture’s rich oral tradition (rarely shared outside the Native American community), Marshall reveals many aspects of Crazy Horse’s life, including details of the powerful vision that convinced him of his duty to help preserve the Lakota homeland—a vision that changed the course of Crazy Horse’s life and spurred him confidently into battle time and time again. The Journey of Crazy Horse is the true story of how one man’s fight for his people’s survival roused his true genius as a strategist, commander, and trusted leader. And it is an unforgettable portrayal of a revered human being and a profound celebration of a culture, a community, and an enduring way of life."Those wishing to understand Crazy Horse as the Lakota know him won't find a better accout than Marshall's." -San Francisco Chronicle
$18.00 US
Sep 27, 2005
336 Pages
Penguin Books