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Best Native American Books

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Best Native American Books
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We Are Grateful
Otsaliheliga
Traci Sorell - 2018-09-04
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A look at modern Native American life as told by a citizen of the Cherokee NationThe word otsaliheliga (oh-jah-LEE-hay-lee-gah) is used by members of the Cherokee Nation to express gratitude. Beginning in the fall with the new year and ending in summer, follow a full Cherokee year of celebrations and experiences. Appended with a glossary and the co...
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Gaawin Gindaaswin Ndaawsii / I Am Not a Number
Jenny Kay Dupuis - 2019-09-17 (first published in 2016)
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When eight-year-old Irene is removed from her First Nations family to live in a residential school she is confused, frightened, and terribly homesick. She tries to remember who she is and where she came from, despite the efforts of the nuns who are in charge at the school and who tell her that she is not to use her own name but instead use the numb...
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Crossing Bok Chitto
A Choctaw Tale of Friendship & Freedom
Tim Tingle - 2008-04-01 (first published in 2006)
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There is a river called Bok Chitto that cuts through Mississippi. In the days before the War Between the States, in the days before the Trail of Tears, Bok Chitto was a boundary. On one side of the river lived the Choctaws. On the other side lived the plantation owners and their slaves. If a slave escaped and made his way across Bok Chitto, the sla...
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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
Sherman Alexie - 2009-04-01
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Bestselling author Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the rez to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.Heartbreaking, funny, and beautif...
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There There
Tommy Orange - 2019-05-07 (first published in 2018)
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Tommy Orange's wondrous and shattering novel follows twelve characters from Native communities: all traveling to the Big Oakland Powwow, all connected to one another in ways they may not yet realize. Among them is Jacquie Red Feather, newly sober and trying to make it back to the family she left behind. Dene Oxendene, pulling his life together afte...
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Barack Obama
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Firekeeper's Daughter
Boulley Angeline - 2022-01-16 (first published in 2021)
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Keep the Secret. Live the Lie. Earn your Truth. Eighteen-year-old Daunis’s mixed heritage has always made her feel like an outsider, both in her hometown and on the nearby Ojibwe reservation. When she witnesses a shocking murder, she reluctantly agrees to be part of a covert FBI operation into a series of drug-related deaths. But the deceptions – a...
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We Are Water Protectors
Carole Lindstrom - 2020-03-17
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Inspired by the many Indigenous-led movements across North America, We Are Water Protectors issues an urgent rallying cry to safeguard the Earth's water from harm and corruption--a bold and lyrical picture book written by Carole Lindstrom and vibrantly illustrated by Michaela Goade.Water is the first medicine.It affects and connects us all . . .Whe...
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The Night Watchman
Louise Erdrich - 2020-03-03
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Based on the extraordinary life of National Book Award-winning author Louise Erdrichs  grandfather who worked as a night watchman and carried the fight against Native dispossession from rural North Dakota all the way to Washington, D.C., this powerful novel explores themes of love and death with lightness and gravity and unfolds with the elegant pr...
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Bethanne Patrick
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Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee
An Indian History of the American West (Arena Books)
Dee Alexander Brown - 1987-12-01 (first published in 1970)
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Now a special 30th-anniversary edition in both hardcover and paperback, the classic bestselling history The New York Times called "Original, remarkable, and finally heartbreaking...Impossible to put down."Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee is Dee Brown's eloquent, fully documented account of the systematic destruction of the American Indian during the s...
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Rob Schneider
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Fry Bread
A Native American Family Story
Kevin Noble Maillard - 2019-10-22
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Fry bread is food.It is warm and delicious, piled high on a plate.Fry bread is time.It brings families together for meals and new memories.Fry bread is nation.It is shared by many, from coast to coast and beyond.Fry bread is us.It is a celebration of old and new, traditional and modern, similarity and difference....
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Jingle Dancer
Cynthia Leitich Smith - 2000-04-05
The Round House by Louise Erdrich
1621 by Catherine O'Neill Grace
The Good Luck Cat by Joy Harjo
This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger
An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
A Stranger At Home by Christy Jordan-Fenton
At the Mountain's Base by Traci Sorell
First Laugh--Welcome, Baby! by Rose Ann Tahe
Buffalo Bird Girl by S. D. Nelson
The Languages of Native North America by Marianne Mithun
Thunder Boy Jr. by Sherman Alexie
I Can Make This Promise by Christine Day
Encounter by Jane Yolen
1491 by Charles C. Mann
When We Were Alone by David A. Robertson
Hiawatha and the Peacemaker by Robbie Robertson
The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich
How to Coach Girls by Mia Wenjen
Sumo Joe by Mia Wenjen
The Elusive Full Ride Scholarship by Alison Foley
Two Roads by Joseph Bruchac
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The People Shall Continue by Simon J Ortiz
Code Talker by Joseph Bruchac
Winter Counts by David Heska Wanbli Weiden
Not My Girl by Christy Jordan-Fenton
Sweetest Kulu by Celina Kalluk
Raccoon's Last Race by Joseph Bruchac
Soldier Sister, Fly Home by Nancy Bo Flood