Early Native American Writing - Google Books
The first Native American writer to be published in English was Samson Occom(Mohegan, 1723-92). Although raised as a typical Mohegan boy, at 16 he began tostudy English, was converted to Christianity, became a schoolmaster to Indiansand then served as a missionary among New England Indians. His 1771 went through 19 editions.
Native American Writing Systems - Linguistics at Berkeley
Boudinot was able to purchase a printing press and begin printing the first Native American newspaper written in the syllabary created
by the Cherokee Sequoyah.
Early Native American writing exhibited the struggle they experienced by the authors to find their own voice within the culture of
America, but it was later in the 1960’s that their writing began to express the humiliation felt by Native American peoples over their “less
than human” treatment by the dominant society. These early writers were driven by their awareness of the power of writing as a tool in
changing attitudes, but it would be a long time before this could overcome the deep prejudices shaped during the conflicts between
Euro-Americans and Natives in the bloody Indian Wars of the 18th and 19th centuries.