Alfred, Gerald (Taiaiake). Wasáse: Indigenous Pathways of Action and Freedom. Peterborough, ON: Broadview Press, 2005.

Alfred, a Mohawk scholar in Canada, argues that traditional lifeways must be revitalized among First Nations people in order for them to articulate and implement an effective political strategy in resistance to settler states.  He explains that religious regeneration will provide an ethical grounding and counter practice to the authoritarian forms of power utilized by the settler state.

Wounded Knee PBS: We Shall Remain—American Experience series

Description from PBS website:

On the night of February 27, 1973, fifty-four cars rolled, horns blaring, into a small hamlet on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Within hours, some 200 Oglala Lakota and American Indian Movement (AIM) activists had seized the few major buildings in town and police had cordoned off the area. The occupation of Wounded Knee had begun. Demanding redress for grievances—some going back more than 100 years—the protesters captured the world’s attention for 71 gripping days.

With heavily armed federal troops tightening a cordon around meagerly supplied, cold, hungry Indians, the event invited media comparisons with the massacre of Indian men, women, and children at Wounded Knee almost a century earlier. In telling the story of this iconic moment, the final episode of We Shall Remain will examine the broad political and economic forces that led to the emergence of AIM in the late 1960s as well as the immediate events—a murder and an apparent miscarriage of justice—that triggered the takeover. Though the federal government failed to make good on many of the promises that ended the siege, the event succeeded in bringing the desperate conditions of Indian reservation life to the nation’s attention. Perhaps even more important, it proved that despite centuries of encroachment, warfare, and neglect, Indians remained a vital force in the life of America.

Treat, James. Around the Sacred Fire: Native Religious Activism in the Red Power Era. New York, NY: Palgrave MacMillan, 2003.

This work argues that the Native ecumenical movement of the 1950s and 1960s, which united Christians and traditionalists, catalyzed the Red Power movements of the 1960s and 1970s.  Treat’s study explores the nuanced relationship between a land based Native religiosity and efforts for self-determination and sovereignty among both ‘reservation’ and urban Indians.