Celebrating Native American Heritage Month

By Tiffany Comberger and Deja Shearrill, Library Student Employees
November is recognized as National Native American Heritage Month. By acknowledging the injustices and challenges of the past, this month is an informative time to educate ourselves on the mistreatment and challenges within Native American history and to celebrate and honor their prevalence and culture in our society. From the first American Indian Day being established in May 1916, to now seeing Native women in Congress, like Sharice Davids, Native American culture is beginning to be better represented throughout society and continues to expand. Diversity is a beautiful part of Native culture, and can be seen throughout our selection of books that represent different time periods and aspects of Native American Culture:
  • The Plague of Doves by Louise Erdrich
  • There There by Tommy Orange
  • As Long as Grass Grows: The Indigenous Fight for Environmental Justice, From Colonization to Standing Rock by Dina Gilio-Whitaker
  • Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present by David Treuer
  • Heart Berries: A Memoir by Terese Marie Mailhot
  • When the Light of the World was Subdued, Our Songs Came Through by Joy Harjo
  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
  • Silent Victims: Hate Crimes Against Native Americans by Barbara Perry
  • Windigo Island: A Novel by William Kent Krueger
  • On Such a Full Sea: Chang-Rae Lee