Recommended Reading

For those who are interested in learning more about Lakota history, culture, and life, CRYP has partnered with the Native-owned Word Carrier Trading Post and Bird Cage Book Store Mercantile to make a variety of recommended titles available for purchase online. When you click on a book below, you will be connected to the online store. Click here to learn more about owner Lily Medoza.

SPECIAL OFFER: When you purchase these books from Word Carrier, enter “CRYP” in the Add a Note box at checkout, and Word Carrier will donate 10% of the sale to CRYP. We will put these funds toward the continued development of our youth and teen libraries at The Main and the Cokata Wiconi (Center of Life) teen center.

You also can support CRYP by purchasing additional titles from the “Kids and Young Adult Books” section and donating them to our annual Summer Reading Program. Simply write “Summer Reading Program” and the names of the donated books in the Add a Note box at checkout. Word Carrier will send the books to CRYP, and we will send you a receipt for your tax-deductible donation.

July 2021 Book of the Month: RedCan Rising – Graffiti Culture Meets Lakota Culture

The Cheyenne River Youth Project created the award-winning RedCan invitational graffiti jam in 2015 so Lakota culture and graffiti culture could come together in unexpected and inspiring ways. Each summer, RedCan lifts up the entire Cheyenne River community — and the visiting artists, who say they are profoundly moved by the experience of creating art in the heart of the Lakota Nation. “RedCan Rising” captures the creativity, energy, and love behind the 2017 graffiti jam, and it sets the stage for the groundbreaking work yet to come.

Purchase in the CRYP Estore

Books Available Through Word Carrier


Kids and Young Adult Books

Crazy Horse's Vision

Joseph Bruchac

Buffalo Bird Girl

S.D. Nelson

The Girl Who Helped Thunder

James Bruchac & Joseph Bruchac

Jingle Dancer

Cynthia Leitich

Jim Thorpe's Bright Path

Joseph Bruchac

Adult Books

We Are Water Protectors

Carole Lindstrom


Kevin Noble Maillard

Braiding Sweetgrass

Robin Wall Kimmerer

Custer Died for Your Sins

Vine Deloria, Jr.


Ella Cara Deloria

Walking with Grandfather

Joseph M. Marshall III

The Seed Keeper

Diane Wilson

Yellow Bird

Sierra Crane Murdoch

Books Available on Amazon and Other Resellers

Crow Dog: Four Generations of Sioux Medicine Men

Crow Dog, Leonard and Richard Erdoes

Love Medicine

Louise Erdrich

Winter Count

Dallas Chief Eagle

There There

Tommy Orange

As We Have Always Done

Leanne Betasamosake Simpson


Leslie Marmon Silko

Crazy Brave

Joy Harjo

Every Day Is a Good Day

Wilma Mankiller

Recovering the Sacred

Winona LaDuke

The Round House

Louise Erdrich

The Soul of the Indian

Charles Alexander Eastman

Dancing for You

Cutcha Rising Badly

The Land Along the River

Peter Capossela

Additional Recommendations

The links below from and Buzzfeed share additional Native authors you may be interested in.


31 Native American Authors to Read Right Now

14 Contemporary Books By Native American Writers To Get Excited About