Books (Partial List):
"We Talk You Listen: New Tribes, New Turf,"1970
"God Is Red: A Native View of Religion," 1973
"Behind the Trail of Broken Treaties: an Indian Declaration of Independence," 1974
"The Metaphysics of Modern Existence," 1979
"American Indians, American Justice," 1983, with Clifford Lytle.
"The Nations Within: the Past and Future of American Indian Sovereignty," 1984, with Clifford Lytle.
"Power and Place: Indian Education in America," 2001
"The World We Used to Live in: Remembering the Powers of the Medicine Men," 2006
After serving in the U.S. Marine Corps in the 1950's Vine Deloria, Jr. went back to school and earned his degrees, never finishing seminary. By the time the 1960's Indian cultural renaissance came into full swing (influenced in large part by Vine himself) he had served a four-year term as president of the National Congress of American Indians. He finished his law degree in 1970 after writing his first book, the landmark "Custer Died for Your Sins: An Indian Manifesto." He took his first teaching job at Western Washington University in the College of Ethnic Studies.
It was the era of Indian Termination and as president of NCAI Vine had led the charge to repudiate the policy which was having devastating consequences throughout Indian country. 152 tribes would eventually be terminated and would lose their rights to healthcare, education, timber and other resources, and their lands. He would be instrumental in blocking the termination of more tribes (most notably the Colville reservation in Washington State) and fought for the protection of Indian hunting and fishing rights in the Pacific Northwest.
Deloria was an outspoken critic when it came to the non-native appropriation of Native American culture and anti-Indian stereotypes. He publicly debunked the myth of Frank Hopkins when the Disney movie "Hidalgo" was released, and exposed the ethnic fraud of writer Jamake Highwater. In 2000 he also denounced Shepherd Kretsch's book "The Ecological Indian" as racist and anti-Indian claiming that it was poorly researched.
Vine Deloria passed away in 2005 after an aortal aneurysm at the age of 72, survived by his wife of 47 years, Barbara, and three children.