Will You Buy These Books Featuring Indigenous People?

First Line Friday is a series of blog articles posted on the first Friday of every month. The first line of a story, we’re told, must hook the reader. Implied is that the reader will not buy the book if the first line isn’t great. For November, I thought I’d do something a little different and choose first lines from books featuring indigenous people. These entries are from Amazon, my personal library, or other online booksellers. I hope you find something that you’ll want to read. The crisp autumn air provided the oxygen, the old wooden house provided the full, and an extension cord, run over by a vacuum cleaner earlier in the day, provided the spark. Comfrey Wyoming: Book Two Marcela’s Army Daphne Birkmyer I dreamed about my brother. In the dream, we were still kids—the same age we were the last time I saw him, gangly and uncoordinated. Hunting by Stars (A Marrow Thieves Novel) by Cherie Dimaline 1956 The sultry weather had been building for days until the air weighed on Eddie’s bed like a damp blanket.  All The Quiet Places by Brian Thomas Isaac 1837, Summer, Southeastern Edge of Comanche Territory The Kane family set forth […]

Where Is Your Outrage?

Equality. As one of America’s founding principles, it seems pretty simple, doesn’t it? In definition, it is simple. It is the state or quality of being alike in value. It should also be simple in practice. But often we humans don’t agree on what alike or what value is. For example, there is a national news uproar going on right now about the disappearance and murder of a white woman. And there should be. But she isn’t the only missing and murdered. Where is your outrage for the missing and murdered Native Americans? Do you even know about those women and children? Treat all men alike. Give them the same law. Give them an even chance to live and grow. Chief Joseph (March 3, 1840 – September 21, 1904) Facts About Native Americans The United States Census defines Native Americans as people indigenous to the contiguous United States and Alaska. The U.S recognizes 574 tribes living within the US. Only about half are associated with Indian reservations. They represent 1.6-2% of the total population of the United States.  78% of America’s Native population lives off the reservation. 60% of those live in urban areas. n At least 710 Indigenous people, mostly […]

How Many Indigenous People Do You Think America Has?

We’re coming up on Indigenous Peoples Day here in the States. It’s a day to honor the people who were in America long before Columbus crossed the ocean. But did you learn about these people in school? Or did you learn what you know on cowboy shows? The shows that told you about the Souix and the Apache omitted many more tribes. How many indigenous people do you think America has today? How Many Indigenous People? There are over five million Native Americans in the United States today. (1.6% of the total population) Approximately 78% of Native Americans live outside reservations. As of February 19, 2020, 574 Indian tribes were legally recognized by the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) of the United States. But federally recognized tribes do not include all Native Americans. The Definitions We often use the terms Native American, American Indian, and Indigenous American synonymously. Yet, there are federal definitions that are inclusive and exclusive. In the 2010 census the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) used this definition: “American Indian or Alaska Native” refers to a person having origins in any of the original peoples of North and South America (including Central America) and who maintains tribal affiliation or community attachment. The American […]