{"id":4765458792527,"title":"We Are Still Here!","handle":"we-are-still-here","description":"\u003cb\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-size: large;\" size=\"4\"\u003eWe Are Still Here!\u003c\/span\u003e \u003cbr\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-size: medium;\" size=\"3\"\u003eNative American Truths Everyone Should Know\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/b\u003e\n\u003ch6\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003c\/h6\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - ENTER AUTHOR\/ILLUSTRATOR INFO BELOW - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eBy: \u003ca href=\"\/pages\/traci-sorell\"\u003eTraci Sorell\u003c\/a\u003e \/ Illustrated by: \u003ca href=\"\/pages\/frane-lessac\"\u003eFrané Lessac\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - ENTER HEADING BELOW - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eNative Nations say: We are still here!\u003cbr\u003e\n\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - ENTER DESCRIPTION BELOW - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eToo often, Native American history is treated as a finished chapter instead of an ongoing story. This companion book to the award-winning \u003cem\u003eWe Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga\u003c\/em\u003e offers readers everything they never learned in school about Native American people's past, present, and future.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eTwelve Native American kids present historical and contemporary laws, policies, struggles, and victories in Native life, each with a powerful refrain: \u003cem\u003eWe are still here!\u003c\/em\u003e Precise, lyrical writing presents topics including forced assimilation, land allotment and Native tribal reorganization, termination, relocation, self-determination, Native civil rights, the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), religious freedom, economic development, Native language revival efforts, cultural persistence, and nationhood.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\"\u003ci\u003eWe Are Still Here: Native American Truths Everyone Should Know\u003c\/i\u003e, by Traci Sorell and Frané Lessac (creators of \u003ci\u003eWe Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga\u003c\/i\u003e), successfully illuminates a tremendous amount of historical information in an engaging, classroom framework. Each fictionalized student presents on a topic -- such as Tribal Activism, Indian Child Welfare \u0026amp; Education, Language Revival -- that is relevant to the historical and present lives of Native American communities. Coupling the atrocities of history with the fortitude of Native Nations, who say \"We are still here!,\" and vibrant illustrations, the book presents honest history in ways that early elementary and middle grade readers can comprehend. Using the framework of a presentation night helps young readers contextualize the book as both educational and interactive. Readers inspired to learn more can start with the back matter, which contains more information on each topic, a time line, glossary of terms, sources, and an author's note. A wonderful addition to all school and classroom libraries, We Are Still Here is a beautiful, informative, must-have book for any bookstore!\"\u003cbr\u003e\n—Sara Hines, Eight Cousins Bookstore, Falmouth, MA\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eListen to author Traci Sorell read the first spread:\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ciframe src=\"https:\/\/w.soundcloud.com\/player\/?url=https%3A\/\/api.soundcloud.com\/tracks\/1027978558\u0026amp;color=%23ff5500\u0026amp;auto_play=false\u0026amp;hide_related=false\u0026amp;show_comments=true\u0026amp;show_user=true\u0026amp;show_reposts=false\u0026amp;show_teaser=true\u0026amp;visual=true\" allow=\"autoplay\" scrolling=\"no\" width=\"100%\" height=\"300\" frameborder=\"no\"\u003e\u003c\/iframe\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.teachingbooks.net\/book_reading.cgi?a=1\u0026amp;id=23890\" target=\"new\"\u003eListen\u003c\/a\u003e to this interview with Traci on TeachingBooks.net.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cdiv style=\"font-size: 10px; color: #cccccc; line-break: anywhere; word-break: normal; overflow: hidden; white-space: nowrap; text-overflow: ellipsis; font-family: Interstate,Lucida Grande,Lucida Sans Unicode,Lucida Sans,Garuda,Verdana,Tahoma,sans-serif; font-weight: 100;\"\u003e\n\u003ca style=\"color: #cccccc; text-decoration: none;\" title=\"charlesbridge.publishing\" href=\"https:\/\/soundcloud.com\/user-890279890\" target=\"_blank\"\u003echarlesbridge.publishing\u003c\/a\u003e · \u003ca style=\"color: #cccccc; text-decoration: none;\" title=\"We Are Still Here! 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Native American Truths Everyone Should Know\u003c\/a\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - ENTER RECOMMENDATIONS BELOW - - - - - - - -- - - --\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"recommended-books\"\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIf you like this book, you’ll enjoy these: \u003cbr\u003e\u003ca href=\"\/products\/we-are-grateful-otsaliheliga\"\u003eWe Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga\u003cbr\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003ca href=\"\/products\/children-of-native-america-today\"\u003eChildren of Native America Today\u003cbr\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003ca href=\"\/products\/whale-snow\"\u003eWhale Snow\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - START OF TABS - - - - - - - -- - - --\u003e [TABS]\n\u003ch5\u003eLook Inside\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/files\/we-are-still-here-spread.jpg?v=1597347480\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" class=\"cvr-border-gray\"\u003e\u003c!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --\u003e \u003cscript type=\"text\/javascript\" async=\"\" defer data-pin-shape=\"round\" data-pin-height=\"32\" data-pin-hover=\"true\" src=\"\/\/assets.pinterest.com\/js\/pinit.js\"\u003e\u003c\/script\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - ENTER DOWNLOADABLES BELOW - - - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eDownloadables\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"medium-cover\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/files\/we-are-still-here-cover.jpg?v=1598464205\" alt=\"We Are Still Here! book cover image\"\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"btn-wrapper\"\u003e\u003ca class=\"product-btn\" href=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/files\/we-are-still-here-cover-hires.jpg.zip?v=1598464206\"\u003eDownload the Cover\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"btn-wrapper\"\u003e\u003ca class=\"product-btn\" href=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/files\/we-are-still-here-teachers-guide.pdf?v=1620938220\"\u003eDownload the Teachers' Guide\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - ENTER AUTHOR BIO BELOW - - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eAuthor \u0026amp; Illustrator\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eTraci Sorell, author\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eTraci Sorell is the award-winning author of \u003ci\u003eWe Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga\u003c\/i\u003e, a Sibert, Orbis Pictus, and Boston Globe-Horn Book honor book; \u003ci\u003eAt the Mountain's Base\u003c\/i\u003e; and co-wrote \u003ci\u003eIndian No More\u003c\/i\u003e. She is an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation and lives in Oklahoma, where her tribe is located.\u003cbr\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca href=\"\/pages\/traci-sorell\"\u003eRead more \u003c\/a\u003eabout Traci.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - ENTER ILLUSTRATOR BIO BELOW - - - - - - - - - - - --\u003e \u003cbr\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eFrané Lessac, illustrator\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eFrané Lessac is the award-winning illustrator of \u003ci\u003eWe Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga—\u003c\/i\u003ea Sibert, Orbis Pictus, and Boston Globe-Horn Book honor book—and more than forty other books for children. She lives in Australia, and her work has taken her on many adventures in numerous countries.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca href=\"\/pages\/frane-lessac\"\u003eRead more\u003c\/a\u003e about Frané\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - ENTER AWARDS \u0026 HONORS BELOW - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eAwards \u0026amp; Honors\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eA 2021 Junior Library Guild pick\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - ENTER REVIEWS BELOW - - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eEditorial Reviews\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg src=\"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/files\/star-fade.gif?4673889858015672850\"\u003e \u003ci\u003e\u003cb\u003eSchool Library Journal\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e, starred review\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eStudents 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.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg src=\"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/files\/star-fade.gif?4673889858015672850\"\u003e \u003ci\u003e\u003cb\u003eKirkus Reviews\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e, starred review\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIn this meticulously researched nonfiction picture book, Sibert honorees Sorell and Lessac team up once again to answer this question: What has happened to Native Nations and their citizens after the treaties with the U.S. government ended in 1871? Lessac’s trademark colorful, folk-art–style illustrations show a Native American community school with a classroom of diverse students preparing for presentations at the Indigenous People’s Day assembly. Spread by spread, each child speaks, featured words and terms highlighting the journey Native Nations have taken to reclaim their land and rights. They show why Indigenous people say, “We are still here!” In the “Assimilation” presentation, Native children are dressed in militarylike uniforms, showing how U.S. leaders used schooling to destroy Native traditions. Dividing plots of tribal land for “Allottment” left much treaty land open for public sale. With “Termination” and “Relocation,” Native people were encouraged to leave their tribal lands and “act more like white people.” But Indigenous people say, “We are still here!” and the narrative arc turns to emphasize resilience. When activists speak up and organize, it strengthens tribal sovereignty. The tribes “protect and provide for future generations” by holding on to their traditional ceremonies, opening businesses to support their tribal members, and reviving their tribal languages. The illustrations, too, change their tenor, modulating from historical wrongs to emphasize contemporary strength, community, and joy. An emphatic, triumphant declaration: “WE ARE STILL HERE!”\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg src=\"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/files\/star-fade.gif?4673889858015672850\"\u003e \u003ci\u003e\u003cb\u003eBooklist\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e, starred review\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe creators of \u003ci\u003eWe Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga\u003c\/i\u003e (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 \u003ci\u003eAn Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States for Young People\u003c\/i\u003e.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg src=\"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/files\/star-fade.gif?4673889858015672850\"\u003e \u003ci\u003e\u003cb\u003eThe Horn Book\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e, starred review\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIn this informational picture book by the team behind We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga, a diverse group of students and families are headed to (the fictional) Native Nations Community School for Indigenous People's Day presentations. Each spread depicts a different student's report on a subject significant to Native people's experience since the late 1800s. Topics include assimilation, allotment, termination, language revival, and more; although these are dense and complex areas, Sorell makes them comprehensible for readers through the book's unique format. Each classmate's \"presentation\" includes a brief summary or definition (\"Assimilation: Most U.S. leaders did not resoect our ways and thought it would be better for us to adopt their beliefs and practices\") with a handful of supporting details. Every presentation concludes iwth the line: \"We are still here!\" Warm gouache illustrtions help support the historical context while personalizing the contemporary setting. This book provies information that is omitted from most curricula (\"most people do not know what happened to Native Nations and our citizens after treaty making stopped in 1871\") in an easy-to-understand manner. Above all, the message is reinforced for all readers: Native people are still here.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - ENTER DETAILS BELOW - - - - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eDetails\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eHardcover\u003c\/strong\u003e \u003cbr\u003eISBN: 978-1-62354-192-7\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eE-book\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003cbr\u003eISBN: 978-1-63289-973-6 EPUB\u003cbr\u003e For information about purchasing E-books, \u003ca href=\"http:\/\/charlesbridge.myshopify.com\/pages\/e-books\" title=\"E-book\"\u003eclick here\u003c\/a\u003e.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eAges: 7-10\u003cbr\u003ePage count: 40\u003cbr\u003e9\u003csup\u003e1\u003c\/sup\u003e\/\u003csub\u003e2\u003c\/sub\u003e x 10\u003csup\u003e1\u003c\/sup\u003e\/\u003csub\u003e2\u003c\/sub\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n[\/TABS]","published_at":"2020-09-02T10:18:46-04:00","created_at":"2020-08-13T15:02:00-04:00","vendor":"Charlesbridge","type":"Children's Book","tags":["Browse by Age_Ages 6-10","Browse by Fiction\/Nonfiction_Nonfiction","Browse by Format_Picture Book","Browse by Language_English","Browse by Subject_Diversity","Browse by Subject_History \u0026 Biography","Browse by Subject_Social Studies\/Cultures"],"price":1799,"price_min":1799,"price_max":1799,"available":true,"price_varies":false,"compare_at_price":null,"compare_at_price_min":0,"compare_at_price_max":0,"compare_at_price_varies":false,"variants":[{"id":32516792123471,"title":"Hardcover","option1":"Hardcover","option2":null,"option3":null,"sku":"41927","requires_shipping":true,"taxable":false,"featured_image":{"id":15544614125647,"product_id":4765458792527,"position":1,"created_at":"2020-08-26T13:49:27-04:00","updated_at":"2021-01-31T04:51:36-05:00","alt":"We Are Still Here! book cover image","width":1463,"height":1610,"src":"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/products\/we-are-still-here-cover.jpg?v=1612086696","variant_ids":[32516792123471]},"available":true,"name":"We Are Still Here! - Hardcover","public_title":"Hardcover","options":["Hardcover"],"price":1799,"weight":369,"compare_at_price":null,"inventory_quantity":8,"inventory_management":"shopify","inventory_policy":"continue","barcode":"978-1-62354-192-7","featured_media":{"alt":"We Are Still Here! book cover image","id":7718274990159,"position":1,"preview_image":{"aspect_ratio":0.909,"height":1610,"width":1463,"src":"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/products\/we-are-still-here-cover.jpg?v=1612086696"}},"requires_selling_plan":false,"selling_plan_allocations":[]}],"images":["\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/products\/we-are-still-here-cover.jpg?v=1612086696"],"featured_image":"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/products\/we-are-still-here-cover.jpg?v=1612086696","options":["Title"],"media":[{"alt":"We Are Still Here! book cover image","id":7718274990159,"position":1,"preview_image":{"aspect_ratio":0.909,"height":1610,"width":1463,"src":"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/products\/we-are-still-here-cover.jpg?v=1612086696"},"aspect_ratio":0.909,"height":1610,"media_type":"image","src":"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/products\/we-are-still-here-cover.jpg?v=1612086696","width":1463}],"requires_selling_plan":false,"selling_plan_groups":[],"content":"\u003cb\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-size: large;\" size=\"4\"\u003eWe Are Still Here!\u003c\/span\u003e \u003cbr\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-size: medium;\" size=\"3\"\u003eNative American Truths Everyone Should Know\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/b\u003e\n\u003ch6\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003c\/h6\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - ENTER AUTHOR\/ILLUSTRATOR INFO BELOW - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eBy: \u003ca href=\"\/pages\/traci-sorell\"\u003eTraci Sorell\u003c\/a\u003e \/ Illustrated by: \u003ca href=\"\/pages\/frane-lessac\"\u003eFrané Lessac\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - ENTER HEADING BELOW - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eNative Nations say: We are still here!\u003cbr\u003e\n\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - ENTER DESCRIPTION BELOW - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eToo often, Native American history is treated as a finished chapter instead of an ongoing story. This companion book to the award-winning \u003cem\u003eWe Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga\u003c\/em\u003e offers readers everything they never learned in school about Native American people's past, present, and future.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eTwelve Native American kids present historical and contemporary laws, policies, struggles, and victories in Native life, each with a powerful refrain: \u003cem\u003eWe are still here!\u003c\/em\u003e Precise, lyrical writing presents topics including forced assimilation, land allotment and Native tribal reorganization, termination, relocation, self-determination, Native civil rights, the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), religious freedom, economic development, Native language revival efforts, cultural persistence, and nationhood.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\"\u003ci\u003eWe Are Still Here: Native American Truths Everyone Should Know\u003c\/i\u003e, by Traci Sorell and Frané Lessac (creators of \u003ci\u003eWe Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga\u003c\/i\u003e), successfully illuminates a tremendous amount of historical information in an engaging, classroom framework. Each fictionalized student presents on a topic -- such as Tribal Activism, Indian Child Welfare \u0026amp; Education, Language Revival -- that is relevant to the historical and present lives of Native American communities. Coupling the atrocities of history with the fortitude of Native Nations, who say \"We are still here!,\" and vibrant illustrations, the book presents honest history in ways that early elementary and middle grade readers can comprehend. Using the framework of a presentation night helps young readers contextualize the book as both educational and interactive. Readers inspired to learn more can start with the back matter, which contains more information on each topic, a time line, glossary of terms, sources, and an author's note. A wonderful addition to all school and classroom libraries, We Are Still Here is a beautiful, informative, must-have book for any bookstore!\"\u003cbr\u003e\n—Sara Hines, Eight Cousins Bookstore, Falmouth, MA\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eListen to author Traci Sorell read the first spread:\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ciframe src=\"https:\/\/w.soundcloud.com\/player\/?url=https%3A\/\/api.soundcloud.com\/tracks\/1027978558\u0026amp;color=%23ff5500\u0026amp;auto_play=false\u0026amp;hide_related=false\u0026amp;show_comments=true\u0026amp;show_user=true\u0026amp;show_reposts=false\u0026amp;show_teaser=true\u0026amp;visual=true\" allow=\"autoplay\" scrolling=\"no\" width=\"100%\" height=\"300\" frameborder=\"no\"\u003e\u003c\/iframe\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.teachingbooks.net\/book_reading.cgi?a=1\u0026amp;id=23890\" target=\"new\"\u003eListen\u003c\/a\u003e to this interview with Traci on TeachingBooks.net.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cdiv style=\"font-size: 10px; color: #cccccc; line-break: anywhere; word-break: normal; overflow: hidden; white-space: nowrap; text-overflow: ellipsis; font-family: Interstate,Lucida Grande,Lucida Sans Unicode,Lucida Sans,Garuda,Verdana,Tahoma,sans-serif; font-weight: 100;\"\u003e\n\u003ca style=\"color: #cccccc; text-decoration: none;\" title=\"charlesbridge.publishing\" href=\"https:\/\/soundcloud.com\/user-890279890\" target=\"_blank\"\u003echarlesbridge.publishing\u003c\/a\u003e · \u003ca style=\"color: #cccccc; text-decoration: none;\" title=\"We Are Still Here! 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VERDICT An essential purchase for introducing the impact laws and treaties had and continue to have on Native Nations.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg src=\"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/files\/star-fade.gif?4673889858015672850\"\u003e \u003ci\u003e\u003cb\u003eKirkus Reviews\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e, starred review\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIn this meticulously researched nonfiction picture book, Sibert honorees Sorell and Lessac team up once again to answer this question: What has happened to Native Nations and their citizens after the treaties with the U.S. government ended in 1871? Lessac’s trademark colorful, folk-art–style illustrations show a Native American community school with a classroom of diverse students preparing for presentations at the Indigenous People’s Day assembly. Spread by spread, each child speaks, featured words and terms highlighting the journey Native Nations have taken to reclaim their land and rights. They show why Indigenous people say, “We are still here!” In the “Assimilation” presentation, Native children are dressed in militarylike uniforms, showing how U.S. leaders used schooling to destroy Native traditions. Dividing plots of tribal land for “Allottment” left much treaty land open for public sale. With “Termination” and “Relocation,” Native people were encouraged to leave their tribal lands and “act more like white people.” But Indigenous people say, “We are still here!” and the narrative arc turns to emphasize resilience. When activists speak up and organize, it strengthens tribal sovereignty. The tribes “protect and provide for future generations” by holding on to their traditional ceremonies, opening businesses to support their tribal members, and reviving their tribal languages. The illustrations, too, change their tenor, modulating from historical wrongs to emphasize contemporary strength, community, and joy. An emphatic, triumphant declaration: “WE ARE STILL HERE!”\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg src=\"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/files\/star-fade.gif?4673889858015672850\"\u003e \u003ci\u003e\u003cb\u003eBooklist\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e, starred review\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe creators of \u003ci\u003eWe Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga\u003c\/i\u003e (2018) here share important Native American concepts for younger readers. 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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. 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Topics include assimilation, allotment, termination, language revival, and more; although these are dense and complex areas, Sorell makes them comprehensible for readers through the book's unique format. Each classmate's \"presentation\" includes a brief summary or definition (\"Assimilation: Most U.S. leaders did not resoect our ways and thought it would be better for us to adopt their beliefs and practices\") with a handful of supporting details. Every presentation concludes iwth the line: \"We are still here!\" Warm gouache illustrtions help support the historical context while personalizing the contemporary setting. This book provies information that is omitted from most curricula (\"most people do not know what happened to Native Nations and our citizens after treaty making stopped in 1871\") in an easy-to-understand manner. 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We Are Still Here!

We Are Still Here!
Native American Truths Everyone Should Know

By: Traci Sorell / Illustrated by: Frané Lessac

Native Nations say: We are still here!

Too often, Native American history is treated as a finished chapter instead of an ongoing story. This companion book to the award-winning We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga offers readers everything they never learned in school about Native American people's past, present, and future.

Twelve Native American kids present historical and contemporary laws, policies, struggles, and victories in Native life, each with a powerful refrain: We are still here! Precise, lyrical writing presents topics including forced assimilation, land allotment and Native tribal reorganization, termination, relocation, self-determination, Native civil rights, the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), religious freedom, economic development, Native language revival efforts, cultural persistence, and nationhood.

"We Are Still Here: Native American Truths Everyone Should Know, by Traci Sorell and Frané Lessac (creators of We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga), successfully illuminates a tremendous amount of historical information in an engaging, classroom framework. Each fictionalized student presents on a topic -- such as Tribal Activism, Indian Child Welfare & Education, Language Revival -- that is relevant to the historical and present lives of Native American communities. Coupling the atrocities of history with the fortitude of Native Nations, who say "We are still here!," and vibrant illustrations, the book presents honest history in ways that early elementary and middle grade readers can comprehend. Using the framework of a presentation night helps young readers contextualize the book as both educational and interactive. Readers inspired to learn more can start with the back matter, which contains more information on each topic, a time line, glossary of terms, sources, and an author's note. A wonderful addition to all school and classroom libraries, We Are Still Here is a beautiful, informative, must-have book for any bookstore!"
—Sara Hines, Eight Cousins Bookstore, Falmouth, MA

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Traci Sorell, author

Traci Sorell is the award-winning author of We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga, a Sibert, Orbis Pictus, and Boston Globe-Horn Book honor book; At the Mountain's Base; and co-wrote Indian No More. She is an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation and lives in Oklahoma, where her tribe is located.

Read more about Traci.


Frané Lessac, illustrator

Frané Lessac is the award-winning illustrator of We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga—a Sibert, Orbis Pictus, and Boston Globe-Horn Book honor book—and more than forty other books for children. She lives in Australia, and her work has taken her on many adventures in numerous countries.

Read more about Frané

  • A 2021 Junior Library Guild pick

School Library Journal, starred review

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.

Kirkus Reviews, starred review

In this meticulously researched nonfiction picture book, Sibert honorees Sorell and Lessac team up once again to answer this question: What has happened to Native Nations and their citizens after the treaties with the U.S. government ended in 1871? Lessac’s trademark colorful, folk-art–style illustrations show a Native American community school with a classroom of diverse students preparing for presentations at the Indigenous People’s Day assembly. Spread by spread, each child speaks, featured words and terms highlighting the journey Native Nations have taken to reclaim their land and rights. They show why Indigenous people say, “We are still here!” In the “Assimilation” presentation, Native children are dressed in militarylike uniforms, showing how U.S. leaders used schooling to destroy Native traditions. Dividing plots of tribal land for “Allottment” left much treaty land open for public sale. With “Termination” and “Relocation,” Native people were encouraged to leave their tribal lands and “act more like white people.” But Indigenous people say, “We are still here!” and the narrative arc turns to emphasize resilience. When activists speak up and organize, it strengthens tribal sovereignty. The tribes “protect and provide for future generations” by holding on to their traditional ceremonies, opening businesses to support their tribal members, and reviving their tribal languages. The illustrations, too, change their tenor, modulating from historical wrongs to emphasize contemporary strength, community, and joy. An emphatic, triumphant declaration: “WE ARE STILL HERE!”

Booklist, 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.

The Horn Book, starred review

In this informational picture book by the team behind We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga, a diverse group of students and families are headed to (the fictional) Native Nations Community School for Indigenous People's Day presentations. Each spread depicts a different student's report on a subject significant to Native people's experience since the late 1800s. Topics include assimilation, allotment, termination, language revival, and more; although these are dense and complex areas, Sorell makes them comprehensible for readers through the book's unique format. Each classmate's "presentation" includes a brief summary or definition ("Assimilation: Most U.S. leaders did not resoect our ways and thought it would be better for us to adopt their beliefs and practices") with a handful of supporting details. Every presentation concludes iwth the line: "We are still here!" Warm gouache illustrtions help support the historical context while personalizing the contemporary setting. This book provies information that is omitted from most curricula ("most people do not know what happened to Native Nations and our citizens after treaty making stopped in 1871") in an easy-to-understand manner. Above all, the message is reinforced for all readers: Native people are still here.

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ISBN: 978-1-62354-192-7

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Page count: 40
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