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We Are Grateful
Otsaliheliga
Traci Sorell - Sep 04, 2018
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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...
Crossing Bok Chitto
A Choctaw Tale of Friendship & Freedom
Tim Tingle - Apr 01, 2008 (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...
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee
An Indian History of the American West (Arena Books)
Dee Alexander Brown - Dec 01, 1987 (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...
Gaawin Gindaaswin Ndaawsii / I Am Not a Number
Dr. Jenny Kay Dupuis - Sep 17, 2019 (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...
A Stranger At Home
A True Story
Christy Jordan-Fenton - Sep 01, 2011
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Traveling to be reunited with her family in the arctic, 10-year-old Margaret Pokiak can hardly contain her excitement. It’s been two years since her parents delivered her to the school run by the dark-cloaked nuns and brothers. Coming ashore, Margaret spots her family, but her mother barely recognizes her, screaming, “Not my girl.” Margaret realize...
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
Sherman Alexie - Apr 01, 2009
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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...
First Laugh--Welcome, Baby!
Rose Ann Tahe - Aug 14, 2018
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In Navajo families, the first person to make a new baby laugh hosts the child's First Laugh Ceremony. Who will earn the honor in this story?The First Laugh Ceremony is a celebration held to welcome a new member of the community. As everyone--from Baby's nima (mom) to nadi (big sister) to cheii (grandfather)--tries to elicit the joyous sound from Ba...
Jingle Dancer
Cynthia Leitich Smith - Apr 05, 2000
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Tink, tink, tink, tink, sang cone-shaped jingles sewn to Grandma Wolfe's dress.Jenna's heart beats to the brum, brum, brum, brum of the powwow drum as she daydreams about the clinking song of her grandma's jingle dancing.Jenna loves the tradition of jingle dancing that has been shared by generations of women in her family, and she hopes to dance at...
1491
New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus
Charles C. Mann - Oct 10, 2006 (first published in 2005)
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In this groundbreaking work of science, history, and archaeology, Charles C. Mann radically alters our understanding of the Americas before the arrival of Columbus in 1492.Contrary to what so many Americans learn in school, the pre-Columbian Indians were not sparsely settled in a pristine wilderness; rather, there were huge numbers of Indians who a...
Raccoon's Last Race
Joseph Bruchac - Oct 12, 2004
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The team behind How Chipmunk Got His Stripes retells an Abenaki fable that warns against arrogance and honors the importance of keeping your promises.   Azban the Raccoon loves to race on his long legs. He is the fastest of all the animals, but he’s also the most conceited, mocking everyone with his speed. When the other animals grow tired of his a...
Soldier Sister, Fly Home
Nancy Bo Flood - Aug 23, 2016
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A tender and gripping novel about family, identity, and loss.   Fourteen-year-old Tess is having a hard enough time understanding what it means to be part white and part Navajo, but now she's coping with her sister Gaby's announcement that she's going to enlist and fight in the Iraq war. Gaby's decision comes just weeks after the news that Lori Pie...
1621 by Catherine O'Neill Grace
The Good Luck Cat by Joy Harjo