International in scope, the Labriola National American Indian Data Center brings together the current and historical work of Indigenous authors across a multitude of disciplines. With an emphasis on language, government, education, tribal history, biography, religion and customs, the Labriola Center features thousands of books, journals, Native Nation newspapers and primary source materials, such as photographs, oral histories and manuscript collections.

Collections of note

Professor Simon Ortiz speaking

Simon J. Ortiz Papers, 1946–1992

The writing, research and correspondence of Indigenous scholar, writer and poet Simon J. Ortiz, a major voice and leading figure in the history of Native American literature. The collection is arranged in 11 series—Writing, Journals, Correspondence, Projects, Pueblo of Acoma Work, Teaching, Research, Miscellaneous, Conferences, Audiovisual and Book Collection—with the bulk of material dating from 1960 to 1992.

Dr. Peterson Zah speaking

Peterson Zah Collection, 1969–1994

The professional papers, correspondence, newspaper articles, photographs and audiovisual materials documenting the career of American politician Peterson Zah. Arranged in five series, the collection emphasizes Zah’s campaign and tenure as Chairman and later President of the Navajo Nation, between 1982 and 1990.

Work we're passionate about

Wilma Mankiller and Simon Ortiz from Mrs. Mankiller’s 2008 talk for The Simon Ortiz RED INK Indigenous Speaker Series.

The Simon Ortiz RED INK Indigenous Speaker Series

Featuring such voices as Linda Hogan (Chickasaw), Leslie Marmon Silko (Laguna Pueblo), Peterson Zah (Navajo) and Wilma Mankiller (Cherokee), the annual speaker series, now more than a decade old, “seeks to create and celebrate knowledge that evolves from an inclusive Indigenous worldview and is applicable to all walks of life.”

Dr. David Martinez and Sarah Deer with the plaque for Ms. Deer’s win of the Labriola Center American Indian National Book Award.

Labriola Center American Indian National Book Award

Underscoring more than a decade’s worth of Indigenous research and activism, the Labriola Book Award annually recognizes the outstanding contributions of Indigenous scholars worldwide. Criteria for the award emphasizes that research be developed out of a meaningful relationship with the community on which it’s focused.


Joyce Martin

Joyce Martin
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