Studying History Through Native American Newspapers

According to the Library of Congress, the first Native American newspaper, The Cherokee Phoenix, began publishing in 1828. The Phoenix is one of 14 Native American newspapers from the 19th and early 20th centuries that are available in Chronicling America.

Wyoming’s Native American newspapers are not included in the Library of Congress collection, but you can find them online in Wyoming Newspapers. In this digital collection you may find a limited number of issues of:

  • Arapahoe Agency Courier (1888)
  • Indian Progress (1909 and 1910)
  • Indian Paint Brush (1935)
  • Indian Guide (1887 and 1896-1897)

This Teaching with the Library of Congress blog post offers ideas on using Native American newspapers in the classroom. For more Native American Heritage Month resources, explore the heritage month portal.

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