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Wednesday, October 12, 2022

On this date in 1911, the Society of American Indians was formed by about 50 Native men and women at Ohio State University as an antidote to Columbus Day. The Society’s goals was to raise awareness of the achievements of Native Americans and discuss the challenges faces by Indigenous Peoples today.

  • We Are Still Here: Native American Truths Everyone Should Know by Traci Sorell (Author), Frané Lessac (Illustrator) - 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! Precise, lyrical writing presents topics including forced assimilation, land allotment and Native tribal reorganization, termination, relocation, self-determination, Native civil rights, the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), religious freedom, economic development, Native language revival efforts, cultural persistence, and nationhood.
  • Ms. Fabulous Read-a-Loud video of A Coyote Columbus Story by Thomas King (Author) - Coyote unwittingly causes Columbus to bring about the downfall of her human friends. This tale using literary tricks shatters our stereotypes of Columbus’s voyages and emphasizes that history is influenced by the culture of the storyteller.