The history of America begins not with the first European explorers to visit the continent but with the American Indians who lived here long before the Europeans first sailed to North American shores. Understanding Native American history, including the cultures and customs of the various Indian tribes, is an essential part of understanding U.S. history.
These secondary sources offer a broad look at the history of Natives in North America.
The University of Houston’s Digital History outlines Native American history from prehistoric times to the 20th century. It provides first-hand accounts of Indians, explorers and government officials, as well as other primary source material organized chronologically.
NativeWeb offers information from and about indigenous nations, peoples, and organizations around the world.
Exhibits and Collections
These Web sites offer collections of documents, photographs, artifacts and other primary source material with descriptions explaining their historical importance.
The Native American Experience is a collection of photographs compiled by California State University, Long Beach professor Troy Johnson, who explains the significance of each.
The American Native Press Archives is a collection of writings by Native Americans from 1772 to the present. It includes secondary accounts and witness testimony of historical events, such as the Trail of Tears, as well as poetry and fiction writing,
Legal and Government Documents
These archives provide the laws, treaties, executive orders and other documents that shaped the role of Indian tribes in the United States.