Dr. Debbie Reese (tribally enrolled, Nambé Pueblo) Profile picture
Founder: American Indians in Children's Literature; PhD Education; Masters in Library and Information Science; ALA's 2019 Arbuthnot Lecturer; she/her.
26 Feb
1) I signed the letter that @justicedanielh @pollysgdaughter @rebeccanagle and @PepePierce wrote to Elizabeth Warren.

I agree with their points.

2) Whether Warren wins or loses, she can demonstrate a sincere care for Native peoples by speaking with greater clarity.

In my work in children's literature, I see so many books with problematic content. Native writers are pushing back on that.

Warren must push back, too.
3) Her responses to the LA Times article are more than disappointing. She needs to hear from you (Warren supporters) and you (educators who care about the education that children receive, no matter the venue of that education).
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3 Jan
The first week of January 2020:

White people insisting that Salish people went barefoot. Their evidence: old anthro/ethno docs.

And as they assert their evidence, they bash actual Native people.
Their evidence includes:
And... a series written with input from Bouchard.
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28 Dec 19
Starting a new thread as I read Kathryn Lynn Davis's SING TO ME OF DREAMS.

One thing a lot of writers do that I find annoying: describing eyes of a Native person as "black eyes." That's in here 10 times. She doesn't mean from being hit or injured. She means the iris is black.
And eyes shaped like almonds. That's in here, too. Four times.
Remember in that earlier thread, I noted that Salish men are barefoot? That's so annoying--the idea that Native ppl went without shoes on their feet.

According to what Davis is telling her readers, that's the way the Salish ppl lived...
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20 Dec 19
Questions about National Geographic's ENCYCLOPEDIA OF AMERICAN INDIAN HISTORY AND CULTURE: STORIES, TIME LINES, MAPS, AND MORE are picking up. This is a thread for notes as I look through it. Cover of Encyclopedia of American Indian History & Culture:
A couple of days ago, friend and colleague @readitrealgood tweeted about the use of "history of settlement" in the publisher's note. She thinks--and I agree--that "history of colonization" would be more accurate and honest.
She noted a problem in captions that do not name the Indigenous person in the photograph.
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