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We Are Still Here!
We Are Still Here!: Native American Truths Everyone Should Know | Traci Sorell
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Twelve Native American kids present historical and contemporary laws, policies, struggles, and victories in Native life, each with a powerful refrain: We are still here! Too often, Native American history is treated as a finished chapter instead of relevant and ongoing. This companion book to the award-winning We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga offers readers everything they never learned in school about Native American people's past, present, and future. Precise, lyrical writing presents topics including: forced assimilation (such as boarding schools), land allotment and Native tribal reorganization, termination (the US government not recognizing tribes as nations), Native urban relocation (from reservations), self-determination (tribal self-empowerment), Native civil rights, the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), religious freedom, economic development (including casino development), Native language revival efforts, cultural persistence, and nationhood.
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WanderingBookaneer
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This is my favorite type of book to use at my middle school classes: Twelve students present science-fair style presentation on a variety of topics that affect Native Nations. This book serves as a springboard for anyone who wants to learn more about these topic.
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A highly informative picture book framed as a series of presentations by children attending an urban community school for various Indigenous Peoples. 12 historic topics (ie assimilation, relocation & activism) are covered succinctly, with further details in the back matter. Each topic is shown to have contemporary relevance, ending with the refrain WE ARE STILL HERE. Brightly coloured naïve art, mostly based on archival photos. #kidlit #AllAges

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White people wanted to control and sell even more of our tribal lands. Native Nations had already given up larger pieces of land for smaller ones in treaties. In fact, the US passed laws that
- Divided up the remaining allotted lands of many tribes.
- Gave a certain amount of land to each tribal citizen.
- Sold the “leftover” land to white settlers and railroad companies.

Lindy Additional info from the Time Line at the back of the book: More than 90 million acres were taken away from Native Nations in 1887 under the General Allotment Act. 9mo
mandarchy This book is a great example of how picture books could be used to teach an entire unit of study. There is so much here for starting an investigation. It's intense. 9mo
Lindy @mandarchy Very true. It also presents information in an accessible way, not overwhelming. 9mo
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Lindy
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Megan, @TheKidUpstairs , has alerted me to a historic event related to the Cherokee language: TheKidUpstairs's post on Litsy https://litsy.com/p/azEwOFR4RVJx

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Termination
In order to save money, the US government decided to stop honoring treaty agreements with more than 100 Native Nations. This terminated our relationship with the federal government and no longer allowed our tribes or citizens to be legally separate in the United States.

Lindy Note: The issue of Termination is at the heart of Louise Erdrich‘s 9mo
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mandarchy
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A book of nonfiction that could be used as part of Native American curriculum required in the U.S. I would not read the whole book as a read aloud, but use it as a model of project possibilities. A crucial introduction to how the U.S. has tried to subdue native culture. Having it in your library would speak volumes to native students. Also a great starter for conversations about diversity: we can make ALL people feel welcome/seen.

kspenmoll Thank you for the recommendation! 11mo
mandarchy @kspenmoll anytime! I hope you can use it. It's an excellent resource. 11mo
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The joys of being #fullyvaxxed! First time having coffee at Barnes and Noble since last year‘s lockdown. 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

JennyM Yay - and I bet the coffee tasted extra good! 2y
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kspenmoll How wonderful! 2y
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