American Indian Resource Library

Accessible to all SPS Staff: Search our online catalog to discover books and resources for elementary, middle and high school students.

Library Address:

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

Visit our Follett/Destiny Discover Collections, ranging from commemorative months, regional books and resources, new fiction, current issues and more. This link opens in a new window.

Are you looking to diversify your classroom library? Peruse the American Indian Resource Library webinar series from 2021-22. There you will find themed book talks found within our collections for elementary, middle school, and high school readers.

Seattle Public Schools’ American Indian Studies – Since Time Immemorial webpage: Access Washington State tribal history social studies curriculum, lesson plans and continuous learning resources for teachers, families and students compiled by SPS’s Native American Education Curriculum Specialist.

Library Resources

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District Resources

No More Stolen Sisters – Wear RED May 5 for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and People

As of April 17, 2023 there are 134 missing indigenous people in Washington state alone. (WSP Missing Indigenous People Unit)

“Our prayers go out to the missing & murdered indigenous women. We love and miss you. This video features the West Shore Canoe Family. Song composed by Antone George. Video produced by Children of the Setting Sun. Music arranged and recorded by Mark Nichols.” –Children of the Setting Sun

Why are Indigenous women going missing or being killed?
The simple answer is colonialism. Indigenous women, girls, and two spirit people are not safe while living in colonial systems that target them for violence and allow that violence to flourish with no response. Their peoples cannot enforce their natural laws and protect their vulnerable or targeted populations under settler colonial occupation, their bodies are treated as objects for the taking, and settler culture continues to teach generations of people that Indigenous women and girls are hypersexual beings easy to use and abuse.
What can be done about this crisis?
Uphold tribal sovereignty, honor treaties, listen to the families and survivors who have critical perspectives and expertise to share. There are more specific things that can be done, like passing certain policies, but ultimately, Indigenous self-determination and sovereignty must be upheld so that Indigenous peoples have the ability to protect their own. (from the MMIWG2 & MMIP Organizing Toolkit)

Photo of Billy Frank, Jr. announcing Billy Frank, Jr. Day at Seattle Public Schools
Access the SPS American Indian Studies COURSE Page MMIWG2/MMIP folder for classroom resources, lessons, and videos.

March 9 is Billy Frank, Jr. Salmon Celebration Day

Learn more about the life and legacy of Billy Frank, Jr.

Muckleshoot citizen Sovereign Bill, the voice of “Molly of Denali”

March is National Women’s History Month

Learn about the influential Native American women who have made a difference in Indian Country!

Native 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.

February is African American History Month-Learn about Black Indians

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SPS Black Indians webpage

SPS staff can find resources in Schoology.

Native American Heritage Month – We Are More Than a Month

Welcome to Seattle Public Schools’ American Indian Resource Library! Our resources emphasize Native American, First and Alaska Native perspectives and boasts a growing collection of global indigenous resources.

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October 10 is Indigenous Peoples’ Day

View presentations from the October 1, 2022 Native Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) & Teaching for Change for a virtual Curriculum Teach-In

Learn More about Indigenous Peoples’ Day

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"

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