...that's a serious question, actually.
While you're chewing on that--or perhaps to help you chew on that--here's something I've noticed about "indigenous viewpoint" books:
Those books that are by indigenous authors? Quite frequently manage to surprise me. There is a truth, a fact, a bit of history, a perspective, an interpretation, an experience. Something that I hadn't realized, nor considered the possibility of. It is quite usual for indigenous-authored books [to] hit ground that is not commonly discussed. And because these books contain something surprising, it matters whether these books exist or not. In many, many cases there would be a loss--even if the loss is only easy access to an idea--if any one of these books ceased to exist.
Those "indigenous viewpoints" books that are not by indigenous authors? Only very rarely contain something that surprises me. Most of them are rehashes of rehashes of rehashes. Given that, how much value does any one of these books have?
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee--Dee Brown
A Sorrow in Our Heart: The Life of Tecumseh--Allan W. Eckert
Lies My Teacher Told Me--James W. Loewen
A People's History of the United States--Howard Zinn
Indian Givers--Jack Weatherford
Why Rob does it
Since Sanguinity wants to know why non-Natives like me strive for an "indigenous viewpoint," I'll try to provide an answer.
One, I think my viewpoint is more multicultural than Native. As readers know, I often generalize to make a point. "Mainstream Americans think this. Natives think that. Compare and contrast their views." As someone with feet in both worlds (born and raised non-Native, work in Native fields), I feel I can present both viewpoints fairly and objectively.
Two, I quote media reports, especially comments by Natives, as often as possible. I'm happy to let them speak for themselves whenever they can.
I'd be even happier if someone were writing analyses like mine so I didn't have to write them. But I don't see anyone applying logic and sense to Native issues the way I do.
The comments I receive tend to confirm this. Whether they like me or not, no one has ever said, "Your writing is just like [blank's]," or "[So-and-so] made the same point years ago." Everyone seems to think I'm doing something different.
If you can write the same kind of analyses, please do. I'll link to them rather than write my own. Then I can work on my creative projects full-time.
For more on the subject, see:
Rob = moral police?!
Rob unqualified to discuss stereotypes?!
Rob shouldn't judge Natives?
Telling Indians what to do
Rob the presumptuous white man?
And my basic statement of intent:
Why write about Native Americans?