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Jan. 24th, 2012

My coverage of events in Tucson Unified School District

This is a comprehensive set of links to AICL's coverage of the Arizona law that led to the shut down of the Mexican American Studies Program in Arizona and the subsequent banning of books used in the program. It will be updated as my coverage continues.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Friday, January 20, 2012

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Monday, January 23, 2012

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

May. 6th, 2011

Native perspectives on use of "Geronimo"

Since Tuesday (when news broke that bin Laden was killed in an operation codenamed "Geronimo"), I've been compiling links to statements made by Native leaders, veterans, and association/organizations. You can see them here:


At present there are about 25 links, including ones to statements issued by Geronimo's descendents, and the tribal chair of the nation to which Geronimo belonged.


Apr. 6th, 2011

Fatten up Squanto. Yeah.

Last week a reader of my blog wrote to ask if I'd seen Berenstain Bears Give Thanks. The book marks a new low. Or maybe a different low. There's so damn many ways to FAIL in telling stories about American Indians. Recall Patricia Wrede's fail a couple of years ago?

In The Berenstain Bears Give Thanks, they name the turkey Squanto in honor of Squanto. Who taught the Pilgrims how to use fish as fertilizer. They're fattening him up so they can EAT him. Grossed out? The Bear fun isn't over yet..

They decide not to kill him. Instead, he'll be there pet. And they all live happily ever after.

See the letter and contact info for the authors and publishing house here:
Letter from reader about The Berenstain Bears Give Thanks.

That wasn't the only FAIL of the last few days. There was Jon Scieszka's TRUCKSGIVING. In it, the trucks build Trucktown and want to honor everyone who helped. There's a boy bully truck glaring at a girl truck...  The bully is wearing...  You guessed it.... FEATHERS. He's the Indian!

Other news that frustrates me? Over on Publisher's Weekly's list of top five picture books is Barack Obama's OF THEE I SING---with its Sitting-Bull-as-landscape page.  In the list of top five series is HOUSE OF NIGHT by PC and Kristin Cast, the mother-daughter team who PLAGIARIZED from a new age website to create their "Cherokee" rituals...

And then there's the pastor from Minnesota who keeps writing to me, to tell me that my work is unimportant. He first wrote to me when I critiqued "The Big Indian" statue in LaCrosse... From that particular exchange I learned he also likes Chief Illiniwek. Here's the kicker. He works with Ojibwe children.

Fury aside, if anybody can help me sync my posts to blogger with my LJ, I'd appreciate the help!


Oct. 8th, 2010

Neil Gaiman blogged about "a few dead Indians"

Yesterday on his blog, Neil Gaiman wrote about the mess in April that occurred when I wrote about his use of the phrase "a few dead Indians." In turn, I wrote about what he said, linking back to the initial post and its follow up. Here's the link.

As Gaiman posted his piece, I was home at Nambe, enjoying the warm sun and cool nights. It was our feast time, so it was nurturing in other ways, too. 

Sep. 16th, 2010

American Indians in Children's Literature: Top 10 Books...

Good morning!

First four weeks of classes over, things settling into a routine now, so I'm back on LJ.

My primary responsibility is to maintain my blog, American Indians in Children's Literature. Over the summer I redesigned the page. Doing that allows me to display more content on the page when you open it.

I did a series of posts called "Top Ten" followed by "books for Elementary/Middle School/High School" libraries. Here's links:

Top Ten Books Recommended for Elementary School

Top Ten Books Recommended for Middle School

Top Ten Books Recommended for High School

I also tried my hand at two videos. First was one I created using Google's "Search Story" program.  And second is one I made using my webcam. You can tell I'm an amateur without a studio, lights, etc., but the content is good.

Last item I'll point to today is the cool news that FIRST PEOPLES listed my blog as one of the five Native blogs/podcats to follow.

Jun. 7th, 2010

Danny and the Dinosaur...

Do you remember Danny, riding a dinosaur, in that easy-reader you read in elementary school? I blogged it ('it' is Syd Hoff's DANNY AND THE DINOSAUR) today, along with a video about American Indians and how we're represented in museums... 

Apr. 21st, 2010

Penn State on Friday

So... on Friday afternoon I will be at Penn State giving a talk. It's free, and its open to the public. My talks are about American Indians in children's and young adult literature. Please do go to the lecture if you can!

I plan to talk about "a few dead Indians" and "the only good Indian is a dead Indian" and a few good books, too!

Apr. 16th, 2010

African American/American Indian books for children

On Wednesday, I posted my review of Angela Shelf Medearis's book, published in 1991, DANCING WITH THE INDIANS. It is a really important family story, but its quite a mess, ruined, I think, by the passage of time. Ruined because the names of the dances are wrong, the descriptions of those dances, and, the way they're illustrated, too. Anyone know the author? Maybe she could re-do it! We definitely need a few books for children on this subject.

Tim Tingle's CROSSING BOK CHITTO is excellent, so I'm glad to know about it.

Graphic novels by Swampy Cree (First Nations) writer

Just learning about THE LIFE OF HELEN BETTY OSBORNE, a YA graphic novel. I ordered it, and blogged the book trailer yesterday. The writer is Swampy Cree; his name is David Robertson.

Mar. 6th, 2010

Updates! Been a long time absent, here on LJ

Are you a fan of Will Rogers and things he said? Check this out....  how one of his more famous quotes is selectively used...
Something Will Rogers said....

That song "Another One Bites the Dust" --- I wish that books that win the Newbery would bite the dust. But that award gives them a tonic that will keep them alive, forever.  People loved and love Sharon Creech's WALK TWO MOONS. It won the Newbery in 1995. I read it carefully, from a Native perspective and find it deeply flawed...  Thoughts on Sharon Creech's WALK TWO MOONS.

Over on School Library Journal, Elizabeth Bird has been counting down (starting with 100) favorite books submitted by her readers. I've written about the countdown twice---of course, writing about books that have stereotyped and biased portrayals of American Indians.



On Feb 8, I posted a link to an editorial that ran in the NY Times. I included info about the author of the editorial. Start at Sucking the Quileute Dry.

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