Indigenous Peoples Day

Yesterday was Indigenous Peoples Day. Below you’ll find a list of books that cover Indigenous history, people or fictional characters, as well as an interesting resource to find out which Indigenous lands you’re living on.

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Classified: an Interview with Author Traci Sorell

In Classified: The Secret Career of Mary Golda Ross, Cherokee Aerospace Engineer, Cherokee author Traci Sorell and Métis illustrator Natasha Donovan trace Ross’s journey from being the only girl in a high school math class to becoming a teacher. Ross continued onward to earn an engineering degree, join the top-secret Skunk Works division of Lockheed, and become a mentor for Native Americans and young women interested in engineering. Find out how Ross’s passion for math and the Cherokee values she was raised with shaped her life and work.

Today author Traci Sorell shares her experience writing Classified and why the story of Mary Golda Ross is so important.

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Nevertheless, They Persisted

resist and protest

by Ashley Kuehl, editorial director of Lerner Publications

Do you remember the 2016 Dakota Pipeline protests? They’re technically over, and corporations are working to plan and build the pipeline. But protesters are still standing trial for their actions. These protests made national news and drew protesters of all ethnicities and backgrounds. American Indian activists, the instigators of this fight, have been protesting oil pipelines for years. They’ve also fought for land and rights that were unfairly taken from them, raised their voices against stereotypes of their culture in sports, and battled many other instances of discrimination and racism. Read More