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There are hundreds, if not thousands, of biographical works regarding individual Indian leading men and women. The references listed below are a beginning of the larger compiled works of biographical dictionaries, indexes, and other works covering more than a single person. It needs many more references added.

  • An article of interest: Circular of Information Regarding Indian Popular Names. Originally Published by: Smithsonian Institution. Bureau of American Ethnology. March 1915. (Personal Indian Names with English translation listed by tribes) [1] The Journal of American Indian Family Research. Vol.8 No. 1 1987 FHL 970.1 J825j pages 52-56.

Bataille, Gretchen M., ed. Native American Women: A Biographical Dictionary. New York, New York:Garland, 1993.

Biographical Dictionary of Indians of the Americas. Newport Beach, California: American Indian Publishers, Inc., 1991. WorldCat 24870795; FHL book 970.1 B52b v. 1-2

United States. Bureau of Indian Affairs. Biographical and Historical Index of American Indians and Persons Involved in Indian Affairs. 8 v. Boston, Massachusetts: G.K. Hall, 1966.

Waldman, Carl. Biographical Dictionary of American Indian History to 1900. rev. ed. New York, New York: Facts on File, c2001.

Indian Pioneer Papers, 1860-1935. Millwod, NY: Kraus microform, 1989. These papers contain interviews of people married to Indians, those living on or near a reservation. (Indexed)  FHL fiche 6,016,865-981 [set of 1012].

References

  1. Watson, Larry S. Indian Treaties as Research Documents Journal of American Indian Family Research.