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

by Traci Sorell (Author) Frane Lessac (Illustrator)

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.

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An emphatic, triumphant declaration: “WE ARE STILL HERE!”
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Charlesbridge Publishing
Publication date
April 20, 2021
BISAC categories
HIS036000 - History | United States | General
Library of Congress categories
United States
Indians of North America
Indigenous peoples
Indians, Treatment of
Government relations
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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