We Are Still Here!: Native American Truths Everyone Should Know

by Traci Sorell (Author) Frane Lessac (Illustrator)

We Are Still Here!: Native American Truths Everyone Should Know
Reading Level: 4th – 5th Grade

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!

Too often, Native American history is treated as a finished chapter instead of relevant and ongoing. This companion book to the award-winning We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga offers readers everything they never learned in school about Native American people's past, present, and future. Precise, lyrical writing presents topics including: forced assimilation (such as boarding schools), land allotment and Native tribal reorganization, termination (the US government not recognizing tribes as nations), Native urban relocation (from reservations), self-determination (tribal self-empowerment), Native civil rights, the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), religious freedom, economic development (including casino development), Native language revival efforts, cultural persistence, and nationhood.


Starred Review
An emphatic, triumphant declaration: “WE ARE STILL HERE!”
Traci Sorell
Traci Sorell writes fiction and nonfiction for children featuring contemporary characters and compelling biographies. She is an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation and lives in northeastern Oklahoma, where her tribe is located.

Madelyn Goodnight is a member of the Chickasaw Nation. Her work reflects her love of childhood. She holds a degree from Rhode Island School of design and lives in Brooklyn. She is the illustrator of The Pear Tree and Look, Grandma!/Ni, Elisi! www.madelyngoodnight.com

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Publication date
April 20, 2021
Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award
Honor Book 2022
American Indian Youth Literature Award
Honor Book 2022
ALSC Notable Children's Book
Selection 2022

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