FIMOCover For Indigenous Minds Only: A Decolonization Handbook(Santa Fe: School of Advanced Research Press, 2012)

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For Indigenous Minds Only: A Decolonization Handbook. This volume features Indigenous scholars, writers, and activists who have collaborated for the creation of a sequel to For Indigenous Eyes Only (SAR Press, 2005). The title reflects an understanding that decolonizing actions must begin in the mind, and that creative, consistent decolonized thinking shapes and empowers the brain, which in turn provides a major prime for positive change. Included in this book are discussions of global collapse, what to consider in returning to a land-based existence, demilitarization for imperial purposes and re-militarization for Indigenous purposes, survival strategies for tribal prisoners, moving beyond the nation-state model, a land-based educational model, personal decolonization, decolonization strategies for youth in custody, and decolonizing gender roles. As with For Indigenous Eyes Only, the authors do not intend to provide universal solutions for problems stemming from centuries of colonialism. Rather, they hope to facilitate and encourage critical thinking skills while offering recommendations for fostering community discussions and plans for purposeful community action. For Indigenous Minds Only will serve an important need within Indigenous communities for years to come.

What Does Justice Look Like? The Struggle for Liberation in Dakota Homeland(St. Paul: Living Justice Press, 2008)Purchase this book

What Does Justice Look Like? The Struggle for Liberation in Dakota Homeland. This volume relays the history of genocide, ethnic cleansing, land theft, and brutal colonization in Minnesota while also offering a vision for how these historical harms might be addressed through an aggressive strategy of truth-telling, reparations, and decolonization. It calls on Dakota people to imagine the possibility of a liberated future and at the same time challenges the current occupiers of Dakota homeland to work toward justice as a way to not only make amends to Dakota people, but also to help ensure their own future survival. What Does Justice Look Like? was selected by Native American Calling, a national Indigenous radio show in the United States, as their October 2008 Book of the Month and it recently won the 2009 Independent Publisher’s Silver Book Award for Best Regional Non-Fiction in the Midwest.

In the Footsteps of Our Ancestors: The Dakota Commemorative Marches of the 21st Century(St. Paul: Living Justice Press, 2006)Purchase this bookEditor, In the Footsteps of Our Ancestors: The Dakota Commemorative Marches of the 21st Century. In November 1862, the U.S. military force-marched approximately 1,700 Dakota people, primarily women and children, from the Lower Sioux Agency to Fort Snelling in St. Paul, Minnesota in the first phase of Dakota expulsion from our homeland. In 2002, the first Dakota Commemorative March was held to remember and honor the victims from 1862 and to initiate community healing. This volume tells the stories in words and photographs of the 1862 forced march of Dakota women and children and the 21st century commemorative walks, highlighting the voices and perspectives of Dakota people and challenging the master narrative regarding this painful episode in American history. This is an expanded and revised version of the special issue of the American Indian Quarterly Waziyatawin guest-edited on the 2002 Dakota Commemorative March that appeared in Spring 2004. This book won the 2007 Independent Publishers’ Silver Book Award for Adult Multicultural Nonfiction.
Remember This! Dakota Decolonization and the Eli Taylor Narratives(Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2005)Purchase this bookRemember This! Dakota Decolonization and the Eli Taylor Narratives. This monograph forges completely new ground in historical scholarship because of its use and privileging of Indigenous oral narratives and Dakota language text. Stories relayed by Canadian Dakota elder, Eli Taylor, are presented in a bilingual format (with English as the sub-text), followed by an analysis of the contributions they provide to the understanding of Dakota historical consciousness, identity, and worldview. Rooted in a framework of decolonization, this work illuminates the relevance of Indigenous stories to the building of Native nationalism, and ultimately, to the empowerment of Indigenous Peoples in resistance to oppression and colonialism. The premiere press in Indigenous history published this text as part of their Contemporary Indigenous Issues series.
For Indigenous Eyes Only: A Decolonization Handbook(Santa Fe: School for Advanced Research Press, 2005)Purchase this bookCo-editor with Michael Yellow Bird, For Indigenous Eyes Only: A Decolonization Handbook. Eight Indigenous intellectuals created this workbook in response to the urgent need in Indigenous communities for practical, hands-on, decolonization strategies. These scholars recognize that Indigenous Peoples have the power, strength and intelligence to develop culturally-specific decolonization strategies and systematically pursue their own liberation from oppression. Rather than providing solutions to Indigenous problems, this collection was designed to demystify the language of colonization and decolonization and help Indigenous communities identify useful concepts, terms, and intellectual frameworks in their struggles toward liberation and self-determination. Many aspects of Indigenous life are covered including Indigenous governance, education, language, oral tradition, diet, repatriation, images and stereotypes, citizenship, and truth-telling as healing. The workbook aims to facilitate critical-thinking while offering recommendations for fostering community discussions and plans for meaningful community action.
Indigenizing the Academy: Transforming Scholarship and Empowering Communities(Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2004)Purchase this bookCo-editor with Devon Mihesuah, Indigenizing the Academy: Transforming Scholarship and Empowering Communities. This work is essentially a sequel to the popular text Natives and Academics edited by Devon Mihesuah and published in 1998. Indigenizing the Academy continues the dialogue surrounding the crucial themes of decolonization, recovery of Indigenous knowledge, and empowerment of Indigenous Peoples. It includes essays from a diverse group of scholars who are pushing the boundaries within their own academic disciplines and speaking with strong tribal voices to help us articulate an activist/tribalist approach to the challenging of the academic status quo.

In addition to these larger projects, Waziyatawin has written dozens of articles, chapter essays, encyclopedia entries and book reviews since receiving her Ph.D. in 2000. For a complete listing of these publications, contact Waziyatawin ( for her curriculum vitae.