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    Welcome to Seattle Public Schools' American Indian Resource Library! Our resources focus on Native American and Alaska Native perspectives. Explore our online collections—a compilation of websites, videos, interactive media and other resources for students, families and educators:

    February: Black History Month

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    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. Explore some of the books in our collection such as Black Indians: A Hidden Heritage and Proudly Red and Black: Stories of African and Native Americans, both written by William Loren Katz, and IndiVisible from the National Museum of the American Indian.

    Read Native 2021 logoRead Native 2021 Reading Challenge

    American Indian Library Association (AILA) invites you to participate in its inaugural reading challenge: Read Native 2021! Learn more on AILA's website.

    Throughout the year, find and read books and publications by and about Native Americans; visit tribal websites; search peer-reviewed scholarly journals; visit Native-owned bookstores; and check with Native librarians for all of the best sources for learning more about Native Americans and Indigenous people around the world. 

    How to Participate

    Read Native Challenge for Kids! Book Bingo Reading Challenge

    American Indians, American Presidents book coverAmerican Indians/American Presidents: A History (book)

    "Focused on major turning points in Native American history, American Indians/American Presidents shows how Native Americans interpreted the power and prestige of the presidency and advanced their own agendas, from the age of George Washington to the administration of George W. Bush. The contributing authors draw on inaugural addresses, proclamations, Indian Agency records, private correspondence, and photographs in the museum’s collections to shed new light on the relationship between America’s presidents and Native American leaders."National Museum of the American Indian, published 2009.

    SPS Native American Education logoNative Knowledge Resources

    Explore this selection of resources focused on Native American and Alaska Native knowledge curated by SPS Native American Education staff. Our aim is to make it easy for teachers to integrate teaching about contemporary culture and people as well as Washington State tribal history with their lessons all year long.

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    Superintendent Juneau reads Fry Bread with Seattle Super Readers!

    Watch and read along with Superintendent Juneau (Mandan, Hidatsa, Blackfeet) as she shares Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story, a picture book by Kevin Noble Maillard (Seminole), for Seattle Super Readers Book of the Month (8:46-minute video).

    Living Nations, Living Words: A Map of First Peoples Poetry 

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    Joy Harjo (Muscogee Creek), the first Native American U.S. Poet Laureate, launched Living Nations, Living Words: A Map of First Peoples Poetry—an interactive map of contemporary Native poets.

    "For my signature project as the 23rd Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry, I conceived the idea of mapping the U.S. with Native Nations poets and poems. I want this map to counter damaging false assumptions—that indigenous peoples of our country are often invisible or are not seen as human. You will not find us fairly represented, if at all, in the cultural storytelling of America, and nearly nonexistent in the American book of poetry." —U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo

    Listen to the Library of Congress collection of audio recordings of 47 contemporary Native American poets reading and discussing an original poem. Poets include Joy Harjo, Louise Erdrich, Natalie Diaz, Ray Young Bear, Craig Santos Perez, Sherwin Bitsui, Layli Long Soldier, and other featured voices.

    Learn more about Joy Harjo and other Native American poets

    Changer: The Radio Play by Sound Theatre

    Gather round and listen to Sound Theatre's new radio play, Changer and the Star People:

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    Changer: The Radio Play
    Myths, Legends, and Sovereign Futures

    Adapted by Fern Naomi Renville and Roger Fernandes; Directed by Fern Naomi Renville

    "Storytellers Roger Fernandes (Lower Elwha Klallam) and Fern Naomi Renville (Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate) bring the Coastal Salish stories of The Changer to the radio-stage. Through old stories, we can envision tribal sovereignty in our world today. With the help of familiar friends, Changer reminds us to share dreams together for us and for our children’s future. This production is an adaptation of the first half of the original play."—Sound Theatre

    To enrich the experience, read a related book suggested by librarians at the Seattle Public Library.

    I Am Native: A Video Highlighting Native American SPS Students and Leaders

    I Am Native: A Discussion Between Seattle Public Schools Native American Students and Leaders (9:29-minute video) features Superintendent Denise Juneau, Board President Zachary DeWolf, Vice-President Chandra Hampson and students from Nathan Hale High School’s šəqačib program.

    New Books by Native Authors

    Check out our growing collection of contemporary Native American books such as Indian No More by Charlene Willing McManis with Traci Sorell, The Break by Katherena Vermette, Give Me Some Truth by Eric Gansworth, An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States for Young People by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse by Joseph Marshall, III, The Water Walker by Joanne Robertson, and many more titles. Email our librarian about borrowing books, including classroom sets.

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    Explore New Books

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    Author Joseph Bruchac Visits Seattle Public Schools

    Read about Joseph Bruchac's Licton Springs K-8 school visit. As storyteller, musician and author of more than 150 books for children and adults, he shared stories from the Nulhegan Abenaki tradition. Joseph Bruchac is the author of two Global Reading Challenge books, The Unicorn Rescue Society: Sasquatch and the Muckleshoot and Skeleton Man.

    Chandra Hampson, Superintendent Denise Juneau, Joseph Bruchac, Gail Morris


    Photo, left to right: Chandra Hampson, School Board Director; Superintendent Denise Juneau; Joseph Bruchac, Nulhegan Abenaki author; and Gail Morris, Native American Education Program Manager visit Licton Springs K-8.

    Seattle Public Library "Library Link" for Students, Teachers & Staff

    Seattle Public Library Library Link logoLibrary Link is a collaboration between The Seattle Public Library (SPL) and SPS to provide access to the library's vast collection of information resources.  

    SPS students, teachers and staff can log in without signing up for a library card. Visit SPL's Library Link webpage for details. Access eBooks through Libby, animated picture books and nonfiction through Bookflix, movies and graphic novels through Hoopla, research databases, and much more!

    View this short video to learn the basics of Library Link—good for getting started. Need help? Call SPL at 206-386-4636 or for email/chat.

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    Contact Us

    Gail T. Morris ~ Nuu-chah-nulth
    Native American Education Program Manager
    (206) 252-0948

    Renée Remlinger-Tee, MLIS
    (206) 413-2183 (library desk)

    Library Resources

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    District Resources

    Please email our librarian with any questions:

    Library Address:

    American Indian Resource Library 
    Meany Middle School Room #46, Mailstop CD-139 
    301 - 21st Ave. E.,
    Seattle, WA 98112

    Check Out Materials

    Our book sets and general collection are available to SPS teachers, librarians, staff and students. We have books for all reading levels—elementary, middle school, young adult, adult and also teaching resources. Teachers are encouraged to use the collection with Common Core reading curriculum. To borrow books, email our librarian.

    Lushootseed translation of "We would like to acknowledge that we are on the ancestral lands and traditional territories of the Puget Sound Coast Salish People"