American Indian Heritage Month (information)

American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month Census Information
Facts for Features
November 2010
The first American Indian Day was celebrated in May 1916 in New York. Red Fox James, a Blackfeet Indian, rode horseback from state to state, getting endorsements from 24 state governments, to have a day to honor American Indians. In 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed a joint congressional resolution designating November 1990 as “National American Indian Heritage Month.” Similar proclamations have been issued every year since 1994. This Facts for Features presents data for American Indians and Alaska Natives, as this is one of the six major race categories.

Native Books (information)

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Though I don't write to you very often, I hope that you're visiting American Indians in Children's Literature from time to time to see what I've pointed to, or written about.

I want to share two things right now.

First, I created a two-page downloadable pdf with three book lists on it. You can print it and hand it to your children's teacher, or school librarian, or, make fifty (or more) copies and hand them out at a workshop. You don't need to ask for my permission. I'm more interested in getting the list out in the public so that well-written books, many of Native writers, can become more widely known. 

Those books must get more word-of-mouth and they must get purchased again and again. That brings me to the second bit of news I want to share.

Joseph Bruchac's HIDDEN ROOTS is out of print, and Scholastic has no plans to bring it back into print. And, they won't give Bruchac rights to print it at his own press, either. That's a loss for all of us.

So... here's the link with the pdf:

And here's the link to my post about HIDDEN ROOTS: 


Visit my Internet resource: 
American Indians in Children's Literature

Debbie A. Reese (Nambé O'-ween-ge')
Assistant Professor, American Indian Studies
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Native American House, Room 2005
1204 West Nevada Street, MC-138
Urbana, Illinois 61801

TEL 217-265-9885
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