|We are still here! : Native American truths everyone should know|
Author: Sorell, Traci
A group of Native American kids from different tribes presents twelve historical and contemporary time periods, struggles, and victories to their classmates, each ending with a powerful refrain: we are still here.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 5.90
Points: .5 Quiz: 515262
Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Honor, 2022
Kirkus Reviews (03/15/21)
School Library Journal (+) (03/01/21)
Booklist (+) (04/01/21)
The Hornbook (00/05/21)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 03/01/2021 Gr 4–6—Students at the Native Nations Community School share presentations about the history, present, and future of Indigenous communities. The vivid artwork features a simple, bold style. The narrative starts with a general introduction of Native Nations in the United States. Each presentation contains illustrations with the student's name, an overview of the subject, a brief list of the impact that the concept or historical moment had on Native American people, and the refrain "We Are Still Here!" The last pages show students and their families with a variety of skin tones and physical abilities studying the presentations on topics that include sovereign rights and relocation. Additional information, a time line, a glossary, sources, and an author's note offer further context. The lyrical text and jewel-tone illustrations elegantly work together to stirringly portray the ongoing fight for Native American recognition and rights. VERDICT An essential purchase for introducing the impact laws and treaties had and continue to have on Native Nations.—Tamara Saarinen, Pierce County Lib., WA - Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 04/01/2021 *Starred Review* The creators of We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga (2018) here share important Native American concepts for younger readers. Using a framework of students giving presentations for an Indigenous Peoples’ Day celebration, Sorell and Lessac devote a two-page spread to each report topic: “Assimilation,” “Allotment,” “The Indian New Deal,” “Termination,” “Relocation,” “Tribal Activism,” “Self-Determination,” “Indian Child Welfare and Education,” “Economic Development,” “Language Revival,” and “Sovereign Resurgence.” For each, they define, offer examples of its use (often to the disadvantage of Indigenous peoples), and conclude with the refrain “We are still here!” “Allotment,” for example, explains how the U.S. government passed laws that assigned small sections of land to tribal citizens and sold the “leftover” land to white Americans and the railroads; “Relocation” describes the government’s encouragement of Indigenous peoples leaving tribal lands to resettle in cities, which resulted in many living in urban poverty. Lessac’s vibrant gouache illustrations include many historic scenes, including of the Carlisle Indian Industrial School, the occupation of Alcatraz Island, arguments before the Supreme Court to challenge policies that prohibited traditional religious practices, and efforts to strengthen tribal languages. Appended with further information, a time line, a glossary, and sources, this makes a perfect introduction for those too young for Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Debbie Reese, and Jean Mendoza’s An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States for Young People (2019). - Copyright 2021 Booklist.