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School Library Resources
  • American Indians in Children’s Literature Blog by AILA member Debbie Reese. “Established in 2006, American Indians in Children’s Literature (AICL) provides critical perspectives and analysis of indigenous peoples in children’s and young adult books, the school curriculum, popular culture, and society.”
  • American Native Press Archives – “… collecting and archiving the products of the Native press and materials related to Native press history, collecting and documenting the works of Native writers, and constructing bibliographic guides to Native writing and publishing.”
  • AIATSIS – Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies is a world-renowned research, collections and publishing organization. (from Australia)
  • Real Life Indian  This project encapsulates the fears, issues, aspirations, emotions and dreams of what it means to be a human being but in particular a “Real Life”………Indian…
  • Native Knowledge 360 Native Knowledge 360° (NK360°) provides educators and students with new perspectives on Native American history and cultures. Created by Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian
  • Project 562  Project 562 develops a body of imagery and cultural representations of Native Peoples to counteract the relentlessly insipid, one-dimensional stereotypes circulating in mainstream media, historical textbooks and the culture industry
  • If I Can Read, I Can Do Anything – A family literacy program led by AILA member Loriene Roy from 2008-2010 to assist the libraries serving Native American children in increasing reading skills while preserving Native identity.
  • Native American Heritage Month for teachers – The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the rich ancestry and traditions of Native Americans.
  • American Indian and Alaska Native Health  is a central source for information about the health and well-being of Native Americans and Alaska Natives from the National Institutes of Health and National Library of Medicine.
  • Oyate – “…a native organization working to see that our lives and histories are portrayed honestly, and so that all people will know our stories belong to us.” And an EXCELLENT source to order kids’ books.
  • Talk Story: Sharing stories, sharing culture is a joint literacy program that reaches out to Asian Pacific American and American Indian/Alaska Native children and their families. The program celebrates and explores their stories through books, oral traditions, and art to provide an interactive, enriching experience.  
  • The Center of Native American Youth– a  national advocacy organization working to improve the health, safety, and overall well-being of Native American youth ages 24 and under.
  • National Congress of American Indians–  The National Congress of American Indians, founded in 1944, is the oldest, largest and most representative American Indian and Alaska Native organization serving the broad interests of tribal governments and communities
  • The American Indian Higher Education Consortium-, a 501(c)(3) organization governed by a board of directors composed of the presidents of the accredited United States-based Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), is the collective spirit and unifying voice of our nation’s 38 TCUs.
  • “I” IS NOT FOR INDIAN” Selective Bibliography and Guide for the program, ““I” is Not for Indian: The Portrayal of Indians in Books for Young People”, by the ALA/OLOS Subcommittee for Library Services to American Indian People and American Indian Library Association, Atlanta, June 29, 1991. Compiled by Naomi Caldwell-Wood and Lisa A. Mitten.
  • UNITY is a national network organization promoting personal development, citizenship, and leadership among Native American youth.
  • National American Indian Education Association– resources for educators, students, and advocates to learn about effective strategies, innovative programming, and professional learning opportunities aligned with creating a safe, successful and supportive learning environment.
  • Generation Indigenous– launched by President Obama on December 3rd, 2014. Gen I is a Native youth initiative focused on removing the barriers that stand between Native youth and their opportunity to succeed.
  • American Indian Science and Engineering Society– The American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) is a national, nonprofit organization focused on substantially increasing the representation of American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders, First Nations and other indigenous peoples of North America in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) studies and careers.
  • Indigenous Education Tools– created by the University of Washington part of the Building Capacity & Cultivating Innovation: Learning Agendas in Native Education (BCCI) project.