Friday Fast Picks: Indigenous Peoples’ Day


An Indigenous Peoples‘ History of the United States for Young People by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
Going beyond the story of America as a country “discovered” by a few brave men in the “New World,” Indigenous human rights advocate Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz reveals the roles that settler colonialism and policies of American Indian genocide played in forming our national identity.

If I Ever Get Out of Here by Eric Gansworth
Seventh-grader Lewis “Shoe” Blake from the Tuscarora Reservation has a new friend, George Haddonfield from the local Air Force base, but in 1975 upstate New York there is a lot of tension and hatred between Native Americans and Whites–and Lewis is not sure that he can rely on friendship.

My Name Is Not Easy by Debby Edwardson
Luke decides to not use his Iñupiaq name when he and his brothers are sent to a faraway boarding school.

#NotYourPrincess: Voices of Native American Women ed. by Lisa Charleyboy & Mary Beth Leatherdale
This stunning collection celebrates Indigenous women in poetry, essays, interviews, and art.

Two Roads  by Joseph Bruchac
In 1932, twelve-year-old Cal must stop being a hobo with his father and go to a Bureau of Indian Affairs boarding school, where he begins learning about his history and heritage as a Muscogee (Creek) Indian.

Crazy Horse’s Girlfriend  by Erika T. Wurth
Margaritte, an American-Indian teenager is trapped in a Colorado town crippled by intense poverty, unemployment, and drug abuse. She deals drugs, gets pregnant, and fights against a life she hates.

Dreaming in Indian: Contemporary Native American Voices ed. by Lisa Charleyboy and Mary Beth Leatherdale
An anthology of art, poetry, photography, and short stories by people of various Native Nations.

Fire Song by Adam Garnet Jones
Shane struggles to find himself on the reservation as he tries to heal from his little sister’s suicide. This book masterfully portrays how a community looks to the past for guidance and comfort while fearing a future of poverty and sham

Give Me Some Truth by Eric Gansworth
Carson Mastick dreams of forming a rock band, and Maggi Bokoni longs to create her own conceptual artwork instead of the traditional beadwork that her family sells to tourists–but tensions are rising between the reservation and the surrounding communities, and somehow in the confusion of politics and growing up Carson and Maggi have to make a place for themselves.

Hearts Unbroken by Cynthia Leitich Smith
Muscogee (Creek) teen reporter Louise is paired with Joey, an Arab American photo-videographer, on the school newspaper amidst a racially charged atmosphere in their small Midwestern Town.