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Identifying Unheard Voices: Indigenous Voices

The following guide provides an overview for identifying underrepresented voices and communities within research.

Infographic: The Global Chasm In Indigenous Life Expectancy | Statista


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The following page will introduce students and researchers to the following themes and resources:

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Research Resources

Indigenous Voices

The voices of Indigenous peoples and other marginalized communities are underrepresented in academia, government, healthcare, and other industries. Even when the lived experiences of Indigenous peoples are the focus of the work, research is too often about Indigenous peoples for non-Indigenous audience.

By intentionally seeking out and citing work created by and for individuals from marginalized communities, we help to advocate for the creators, their communities, and the perspectives they present.  At the same time, we broaden our own understanding of the topic. 

Indigenous scholars, researchers, Knowledge Keepers, and Elders respected within their communities are considered citable experts regardless of whether they are associated with an academic institution or hold academic credentials. Work of this kind may come from outside established academic/industry authorities, like social media campaigns, blogs, and direct teachings from Elders or Knowledge Keepers.

Where to Find Indigenous Scholarship

How to Evaluate Indigenous Scholarship

Use Browzine to search for and explore journals by title or to browse journals by topic. The Gordon Library recommends broadly searching using the keyword 'indigenous' or 'Native American' (if you're searching for information about American Indigenous communities specifically), and then clicking into some of the more narrowly focused topical materials.

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Census Bureau Sources for American Indian and Alaska Native Research 

Census Bureau records are a valuable resource for those interested in researching American Indian and Alaska Native history and genealogy. In this webinar, we explore the information available from the decennial censuses and the censuses of American Indians conducted by the Census Bureau.