Labriola Center American Indian National Book Award

The Labriola Center is pleased to announce the ninth annual Labriola Center American Indian National Book Award. The deadline for book submissions is December 31, 2017 and the winner will be announced in early April 2018.

Dr. Delphine Red Shirt, Professor at Stanford University is the winner of the 9th Labriola Center National Book Award for her 2016 book George Sword's Warrior Narratives: Compositional Processes in Lakota Oral Tradition, published by the University of Nebraska Press. 

Honorable Mention goes to Dr. William Bauer, Associate Professor of History at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, for his 2016 book California Through Native Eyes: Reclaiming History, published by the University of Washington Press.

Past winners of the Labriola Center American Indian National Book Award include:

2008 Dr. Daniel Cobb, inaugural winner for his book Native Activism in Cold War America: The Struggle for Sovereignty

2009 Dr. Paul Rosier, Associate Professor of History at Villanova for Serving Their Country: American Indian Politics and Patriotism in the Twentieth Century

2010 Dr. Malinda Lowery Assistant Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for Lumbee Indians in the Jim Crow South: Race, Identity , and the Making of a Nation

2011 Dr. Cathleen Cahill, Assistant Professor of History at the University of New Mexico for Federal Fathers and Mothers: A Social History of the United States Indian Service, 1869-1933

2012 Dr. Daniel Herman, professor of history at Central Washington University for Rim Country Exodus: A Story of Conquest, Renewal, and Race in the Making

2013 Dr. Andrew Graybill, associate professor of history at Southern Methodist University for The Red and the White: A Family Saga of the American West

2014 Dr. Brenda Child, associate Professor of American Studies and America Indian Studies at University of Minnesota for My Grandfather's Knocking Sticks: Ojibwe Family Life and labor on the Reservation.

2015 Sarah Deer, Professor of Law at Mitchell Hamline School of Law for The Beginning and End of Rape: Confronting Sexual Violence in Native America.

2015 honorable mention goes to Clint Carroll for Roots of Our Renewal: Ethnobotany and Cherokee Environmental Governance.

Dedicated in 1993, the Labriola National American Indian Data Center in the ASU Library is one of the only repositories within a public university library devoted to American Indian collections. The Labriola Center holds both primary and secondary sources on American Indians across North America. The Center's primary purpose is to promote a better understanding of American Indian language, culture, social, political and economic issues. The Labriola National American Indian Data Center has been endowed by Frank and Mary Labriola whose wish has been that “the Labriola Center be a source of education and pride for all Native Americans.”

Arizona State University is committed to American Indian scholarship and offers several academic programs led by noted American Indian faculty including a Bachelors of Science and Masters of Science degree in American Indian Studies, an Indigenous Teacher Preparation Program, an American Indian nursing program, and the Indian Legal Program.

Award Criteria

Books submitted for consideration for the Labriola Center American Indian National Book Award may cross multiple disciplines or fields of study, but must focus on topics and issues that are pertinent to Indigenous peoples and nations.  Of particular interest are those works written by Indigenous scholars or in which Indigenous persons played a significant role in the creation of the nominated work.  Authors need not be affiliated with a university, though that is desirable.  Scholars may also work as independent researchers, for research institutes, tribal offices, government agencies, and similar institutions.  Please see the nomination form below for further information.

The author of the winning manuscript will receive a cash prize of $500 and an invitation to speak at the award announcement ceremony in April. The judging committee will consists of American Indian Studies faculty Dr. David Martinez and Dr. Myla Vicenti Carpio and Justice and Social Inquiry and Women and Gender Studies faculty Dr. Angela Gonzales.

For each nomination, please send 4 copies of the book and a completed nomination form to the Labriola National American Indian Data Center, ASU Library, 300 E. Orange Mall, Tempe, AZ  85287.  For questions please call Joyce Martin at 480-965-0298 or email

Book Award Nomination Form (.docx)