The "Native Americans Information Directory" provides information on approximately 4,500 organizations, agencies, institutions, programs, services, and publications that pertain to native Americans, their life, and their culture. The directory is similar to Gale's parent volume, "Encyclopedia of Associations", and its two specialized minority directories, "Black Americans Information Directory, 1990-1991" and "Hispanic Americans Information Directory, 1990-1991" [RBB Ja 15 90]
The directory is divided into five parts. Each of the first four parts covers a specific group (American Indians, Alaskan natives, native Hawaiians, and aboriginal Canadians) and includes descriptive entries on tribal communities. The last section contains material of a general nature on native Americans. All five sections provide listings for national, regional, state or provincial, and local organizations; federal, state or provincial, and local government agencies; library and museum collections; research centers; education programs, scholarships, and fellowships; and print and broadcast media, publishers, and videos. A master name and keyword index provides access to the entries in all five sections. A major omission is the lack of information about federal Indian reservations
Similar information, except for native Hawaiians, can be found in the "Reference Encyclopedia of the American Indian" ["RBB" Ja 15 91]. It does include Indian reservations, plus a biographical section on living native Americans. In a broader work, although now somewhat dated, "Minority Organizations: A National Directory" (3d ed. ["RBB" My 15 88]), information is included for approximately 2,100 American Indian and Alaskan native organizations and for 1,100 Asian and Pacific Islander organizations. Unfortunately, all of the desired information is not contained in any one source
The "Native Americans Information Directory", in spite of its Indian reservation omission, provides a wealth of information. Its arrangement by native American group makes locating specific information extremely efficient. Also, it is one of the few sources that lists grant and scholarship opportunities specifically for native Americans. If a library owns Gale's directories on Hispanics and African Americans, the "Native Americans Information Directory" will complement the collection. However, if a library acquires current editions of the "Reference Encyclopedia of the American Indian", the acquisition of the "Native Americans Information Directory" would be duplicative except for native Hawaiians. Libraries that collect heavily in the area of native Americans would want to acquire both publications.