About First Peoples: Press Expertise
The partner presses on this initiative bring together expertise in regional, national, and global indigenous issues, creating a publishing program that reaches beyond traditional geographically bound or even discipline-bound borders.
University of Arizona Press
The University of Arizona Press has a fifty-year history of publishing award-winning books in Native American studies, and more recently it has begun to expand into Indigenous studies with its series Native Peoples of the Americas. Working closely with southwestern tribes, the UA Press has published new Native American histories and Indigenous archaeologies that have fundamentally changed scholarship in these fields. Most recently, Reclaimin Diné History, by Navajo historian Jennifer Nez Denetdale, History Is in the Land, by archaeologists T. J. Ferguson and Chip Colwell-Chanthaphonh, and Massacre at Camp Grant, by Chip Colwell-Chanthaphonh, have been adopted in classes and thus are beginning to create a paradigm shift in how the traditional disciplines of history and archaeology are taught. Rebuilding Native Nations, edited by Miriam Jorgensen, focuses on Native American sovereignty and nation building. It was funded by the Ford Foundation and was published in collaboration with the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy at the University of Arizona and the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development.
The UA Press has now extended its reach in Indigenous studies with the publication of Natives Making Nation: Gender, Indigeneity, and the State in the Andes, edited by Andrew Canessa, Gender, Indian, Nation: The Contradictions of Making Ecuador, 1830-1925, by Erin O'Connor, Reinventing the Lacandón: Subaltern Representations in the Rain Forest of Chiapas, by Brian Gollnick, and Indigeneity in the Mexican Cultural Imagination: Thresholds of Belong, by Analisa Taylor, among other global Indigenous studies titles.
University of Minnesota Press
The University of Minnesota Press has a long-standing commitment to publishing and preserving the literary and linguistic traditions of Native peoples of the Upper Midwest. One of the Press's offerings, A Concise Dictionary of Minnesota Ojibwe, has been an essential addition to the study and preservation of the Ojibwe language since its publication in 1994. Works by Gerald Vizenor, John Bloom, and Jim Northrup have explored Native American boarding schools, reservation life, and the nineteenth-century Indian wars from an unapologetically Native perspective.
UMN Press has also been at the forefront of American Indian literary studies, most notably with Craig Womack's 1999 Red on Red: Native American Literary Separatism and Robert Warrior's 1994 Tribal Secrets: Recovering American Indian Intellectual Traditions. Recently, the Press established a new book series, Indigenous Americas, co-edited by Robert Warrior and Jace Weaver. Seeking to publish the very best in cutting-edge critical Native studies, the UMN Press serves as a necessary vehicle for delivering Native critical thought across the disciplines of political science, sociology, literary studies, American studies, and critical race studies. Recent publications include legal scholar Robert A. Williams Jr.'s Like a Loaded Weapon: The Rehnquist Court, Indian Rights, and the Legal History of Racism in America, which exposes the U.S. Supreme Court's history of racism against American Indians. In The Common Pot: The Recovery of Native Space in the Northeast, historian Lisa Brooks examines the ways in which Native leaders and activists in colonial-era New England quickly adopted writing as a form of resistance and reclamation. In a few short years, this book series has raised the bar for Native scholars in the field.
The Press also has a growing presence in the field of international Indigenous studies. Recent or forthcoming publications examine aboriginal media uses in Australia; Indigenous video production in Bolivia; a study of the roles indigenous Mayans play in the development of the tourist industry in Cancún; and an ethnography of the Garifuna, a minority group primarily situated in Honduras.
University of North Carolina Press
The University of North Carolina Press has a long history of publishing excellent interdisciplinary scholarship on the history and culture of Indigenous people of the Americas, with a particular focus on the Native people of North America. Recent prize-winning publications in the field include: James F. Brooks, Captives and Cousins: Slavery, Kinship, and Community in the Southwest Borderlands (2002), winner of the Bancroft Prize, the Francis Parkman Prize, the Frederick Jackson Turner Award, the Erminie Wheeler-Voegelin Prize, and the W. Turrentine Jackson Award; Steven Hackel, Children of Coyote, Missionaries of St. Francis: Indian-Spanish Relations in Colonial California, 1769-1850 (2005), winner of the W. Turrentine Jackson Award, the Erminie Wheeler-Voegelin Prize, the James Broussard Best First Book Prize, and the Hubert Herring Book Award; Cindy Cumfer, Separate Peoples, One Land: The Minds of Cherokees, Blacks, and Whites on the Tenneesee Frontier (2007), winner of the Tennessee Book History Award; and Juliana Barr, Peace Came in the Form of a Woman: Indians and Spaniards in the Texas Borderlands (2007), winner of the Charles S. Sydnor Award, the Berkshire Conference First Book Prize, the William P. Clements Prize, the Murdo J. MacLeod Prize, and the Liz Carpenter Book Award. The Press's interests also extend more generally to the history and culture of Indigenous people in the Americas, represented by recent publications such as Patrick McNamara's Sons of the Sierra: Juárez, Díaz, and the People of Ixtlán Oaxaca, 1855-1920 (2007), and Jan Hoffman French's Becoming Black or Indian: Legalizing Identities in Brazil's Northeast (2009).
Oregon State University Press
The Oregon State University Press has a strong record of publishing books on the history, language, and culture of Native Americans in the Pacific Northwest as a major and evolving aspect of its publishing program. These titles have been written and edited by both Native and non-Native authors, and they include major works by anthropologist Theodore Stern - Chiefs & Chief Traders: Indian Relations at Fort Nez Percés, 1818-1855 and Chiefs & Change in the Oregon Country - and historian Stephen Dow Beckham's book Oregon Indians: Voices from Two Centuries. Native author Robin Wall Kimmerer won the John Burroughs Medal for Natural History Writing for her book Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses. Various Native writers contributed to Teaching Oregon Native Languages, edited by Joan Gross, and to The Northwest Salmon Crisis: A Documentary History, edited by Joseph Cone and Sandy Ridlington.
The Press also collaborated closely with the Oregon Council for the Humanities in the preparation and publication of First Oregonians, which provides a variety of views and stories about the historical and contemporary experience of Oregon's Native peoples. Tribal members wrote more than half of the essays in the book. A strong emphasis for the Press has been books about Native American and Indigenous environmental stewardship and use of natural resources: Indians, Fire, and the Land in the Pacific Northwest, edited by Robert Boyd; To Harvest, To Hunt: Stories of Resource Use in the American West, edited by Judith Li; and Gathering Moss. The OSU Press is also engaged in an ongoing partnership with Ecotrust to distribute related titles, including Klamath Heartlands: A Guide to the Klamath Reservation Forest Plan, by Edward C. Wolf, and Renewing Salmon Nation's Food Traditions, edited by Gary Paul Nabhan.