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    June is National Pride Month, an annual celebration honoring the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in New York City. To commemorate Pride Month, we're sharing a selection of books and online resources focusing on the LGBTQ2 Native American community.

    Books in our library:

    image of book cover Love Beyond Body, Space and Time

    View our Pride Month Online Resources Collection, where you'll find articles about two-spirit activists, videos featuring San Francisco's two-spirit powwow, a streaming video from Seattle Public Library that includes a short film exploring the two-spirit tradition, and more information resources.


    April: National Poetry Month

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    April is National Poetry Month—the perfect time to discover Native American poets, read their poetry, and learn about their creative contributions to the literary world. We've gathered a selection of poetry-related resources for you to enjoy:

    Poet Showcase:

    Joy Harjo (Muscogee), U.S. Poet Laureate:

    Photo of U.S. Poet Laureate Joy HarjoImage of book cover, An American SunriseImage of book cover, For a Girl BecomingImage of book cover, Crazy Braveimage of book Secrets of the Center of the World

    Sherman Alexie (Spokane/Coeur D'Alene):

    Sherman Alexieimage of book What I've Stolenimage of book First Indian on the Moonimage of book Faceimage of book One Stick Song

    Joseph Bruchac (Nulhegan Abenaki):

    Joseph BruchacImage of book Under Sky Bear's Feetimage of book Circle of Thanksimage of book 13 Moons on Turtle's Back


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    March 2020: Women's History Month - Celebrating Native American Women

    To commemorate Women's History Month, we're putting a spotlight on Native American women. Browse the collections below to discover female authors from across North America—the United States, Alaska, Canada and southern indigenous tribes--and explore resources about Native American women:

    Joy Harjo (Muscogee), U.S. Poet Laureate:

    Photo of U.S. Poet Laureate Joy HarjoImage of book cover, An American SunriseImage of book cover, For a Girl BecomingImage of book cover, Crazy BraveImage of book cover, The Good Luck Cat

    Sondra Segundo (Haida), author and illustrator:

    Photo of Sondra SegundoImage of book cover, Killer Whale EyesImage of book cover, Lovebirds

    Author Robin Wall Kimmerer (Citizen Potawatomi Nation), author:

    Photo of Robin Wall KimmererImage of book cover, Braiding SweetgrassImage of book cover, Gathering Moss


     

    March 9th is Billy Frank Jr. Day

    Photo of Billy Frank Jr.Today, we honor Billy Frank Jr., a Northwest Native American (Nisqually) activist, who played a key role in the “Fish Wars” of the 1960's and 1970's, resulting in a landmark decision affirming tribal fishing rights.

    Learn more about this influential leader in our Billy Frank Jr. collection of websites and articles: Billy Frank Jr. Online Collection


    February 2020: Black History Month

    In recognition of Black History Month, we've created an online collection of webpages, videos, articles and books about Black History Month and Black Indians, people of mixed African and Native American ancestry. We're also highlighting books in our collection: Black Indians: A Hidden Heritage and Proudly Red and Black: Stories of African and Native Americans, both written by William Loren Katz.

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    SPS Librarians Visit the Library

    Seattle Public School librarians are holding meetings in the Native American Education Library to explore the collection and share ideas for helping teachers and students use our resources. SPS teachers and staff are welcome to schedule a time to use the library for meetings. If interested, please contact Gail Morris or the librarian, Renée Remlinger-Tee.

    Photo of SPS High School Librarians Photo of SPS Elementary Librarians

    Left photo, SPS high school librarians (pictured left to right): Claire Scott (Lincoln), TuesD Chambers (Ballard), Liz Crouse (Nathan Hale), Tyson Manzin (Garfield), Quinn Longhurst (Franklin), Luke Azinger (Sealth), Betty Brennan (Ingraham), Deb Gallaher (Roosevelt), Darcy Brixey (SPS Library Program Manager)

    Right photo, SPS elementary school librarians (pictured left to right): Kevin McNew (Leschi), Danae Powers (McGilvra), J.K. Burwell (Graham Hill), Kathleen Gillespie (John Stanford), Linda Nakagawa (Lafayette), Craig Seasholes (Dearborn Park), Benjamin Davis (Martin Luther King Jr., Brighton), Michael Zetterberg (Thurgood Marshall)