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Vine Deloria Jr., scholar/author/activist, passes away
18 November 2005
by David M. Gipp, UTTC President

      It was with great sadness that I learned of the passing of Vine Deloria, Jr.

      He died November 13 of complications from surgery at a Denver area hospital.

Vine Deloria Jr.
Vine Deloria Jr. Photo courtesy of NCAI

      Born in Martin, South Dakota, he became one of the country's most influential religious thinkers.

      Vine was a powerful writer; he was a legal and historical researcher, philosopher, educator and theologian. As one of the early leaders of the National Congress of American Indians he demonstrated his dedication to the well being of Indian Country and an indigenous world view.

      He was a longtime University of Colorado professor and award winning scholar known for his many books and scholarly articles challenging the accepted order of dominant society thinking.

      His writings were studied by students and scholars around the world; they inspired countless American Indian activists and patriots, whose work over two generations has followed his path.

      As a long time friend and fellow tribal citizen of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, I will miss him and I know that a great many others will too.

      Vine's legacy and intellectual contributions, however, remain with us and live on as guideposts for educating the generations to come.

      We send our prayers to Wakan Tanka for his safe journey. "Pilama yelo!"

Books by Vine Deloria Jr.

  • The nations within : the past and future of American Indian sovereignty, New York, Pantheon Books, 1984.
  • Of utmost good faith, San Francisco, Straight Arrow Books, 1971.
  • Red earth, white lies : Native Americans and the myth of scientific fact, New York, Scibner, 1995.
  • The red man in the new world drama ; a politico-legal study with a pageantry of American Indian history, New York, Macmillan, 1971.
  • Reminiscences of Vine V. Deloria, Yankton Sioux Tribe of South Dakota, 1970.
  • The right to know : a paper, Washington, D.C., Office of Library and Information Services, U.S. Dept. of the Interior, 1978.
  • A sender of words : essays in memory of John G. Neihardt, Salt Lake City, Howe Brothers, 1984.
  • Singing for a spirit : a portrait of the Dakota Sioux, Santa Fe, N.M., Clear Light Publishers, 1999.
  • Spirit and reason : the Vine Deloria, Jr., reader, Golden, Colorado, Fulcrum Pub, 1999.
  • Tribes, treaties, and constitutional tribulations, with Wilkins, David E., Austin, University of Texas Press, 1999.
  • We talk, you listen; new tribes, new turf, New York, Macmillan, 1970.

  • Aggressions of civilization : federal Indian policy since the 1880s, Philadelphia, Temple University Press, 1984.
  • American Indian policy in the twentieth century, Norman, University of Oklahoma Press, 1985.
  • American Indians, American justice, Austin, University of Texas Press, 1983.
  • Behind the Trail of Broken Treaties : an Indian declaration of independence, New York, Dell Publishing Co., 1974.
  • A Better Day for Indians, New York, Field Foundation, 1976.
  • A brief history of the Federal responsibility to the American Indian, Washington, Dept. of Health, Education, and Welfare, 1979.
  • Custer died for your sins : an Indian manifesto, New York, Macmillan, 1969.
  • For this land : writings on religion in America, New York, Routledge, 1999.
  • Frank Waters : man and mystic, Athens, Swallow Press, Ohio University Press, 1993.
  • The Indian affair, New York, Friendship Press, 1974.
  • Indians of the Pacific Northwest, New York, Doubleday, 1977.
  • The metaphysics of modern existence, San Francisco, Harper & Row, 1979.
  • As found in the Native American Authors section of
    the Internet Public Library: www.ipl.org


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