NATIVE AMERICA CALLING: Friday, January 22, 2021 – The value of Native-owned bookstores

The Bird Cage Book Store and Mercantile is a new Native-owned bookstore in Rapid City, South Dakota (Photo courtesy of Lily Mendoza, owner)


You can find books by several big-name Native authors in the mainstream online outlets. But Native-owned bookstores have a commitment to carrying and promoting books the public might not find otherwise. The number of Native-owned bookstores remains small, but it’s growing. We’ll talk with bookstore owners about what it takes to compete with Amazon and Barnes & Noble and what literary gems they have to offer.


Dr. Lee Francis (Pueblo of Laguna) – owner of Red Planet Books and Comics and CEO and Publisher of Native Realities

Lilia Rosas (Xicana-India) – executive director of Red Salmon Arts

Lily Mendoza (member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe) – owner of Bird Cage Book Store and Mercantile

Click to Play Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.

Break 1 music: Shireg Shireg (song) The Hu (artist) The Gereg (album)

Break 2 music: Totah (song) The Delbert Anderson Trio (artist) MANITOU (album)