Indigenous Peoples’ day was October 11.
Sometimes dates and dedicated months can help us remember and keep us on an anti-racist and inclusive social justice path, an important and sometimes difficult task while breathing the air of systemic racism.
National American Indian Heritage Month is in November.
Too often Indigenous stories, voices, and history are absent.
Too often we find snippets of incomplete Indigenous stories and history.
Too often Indigenous people are portrayed as people of the past and
Too often Native people are mascots and products to be sold or a spiritual belief system to be appropriated.
In this newsletter, we spotlight Indigenous authors, illustrators, organizations, and resources that can help us all honor and celebrate Native accomplishments and contributions all year long, so that we can know and learn from our history and so that we can be inspired by and join Native People who are working for change and justice right now.
Remembering to listen to Indigenous voices in the present!
Whose stories and contributions are we listening to and learning from? We are Water Protectors
Revisiting some recent news.
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Read more of Traci Sorell’s words in “The Talk: Conversations about Race, Love & Truth” edited by Wade Hudson Jr. & Cheryl Willis Hudson
Halloween and other recent events make this message especially relevant.
Remembering and learning about Indigenous People in the past from historical fiction
Read more about “Show Me a Sign” by Ann Clare LeZotte. Make sure to read the after pages.
Learn about, honor, and celebrate Native Americans by reading biographies
Read more about Bessie Coleman and other brave women in “Brave. Black. First: 50+ African American Women Who Changed the World” by Cheryl Willis Hudson and Erin K. Robinson
Another version of this gorgeous and important piece by Hillary Kempenich is now part of the U.S. Department of Interior Museum and Secretary of Art’s permanent collection!
Read about Zitkala-Ša and Marie Louise Bottineau Baldwin in “Finish the Fight: The Brave and Revolutionary Women Who Fought for the Right to Vote” by Veronica Chambers and the staff of the New York Times.
Combine current events and history to deepen understanding of the present.
“Crossing Bok Chitto” by Tim Tingle and Jeanne Rorex Bridges is an important addition to a text set on understanding borders.
Artwork by Soni López-Chávez. Find her on Instagram and support her work.
Check out helpful information, people, and organizations to read & follow to learn more
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Social justice literature and illustration fosters empathy & respect and invite change-making!
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