American Indian Resource Library

Library News Archive

February: Black History Month

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image of George Crum and the Saratoga Chip

In recognition of Black History Month, we’ve created an online collection of webpages, videos, articles and books about Black History Month and Black Indians, people of mixed African and Native American ancestry. Explore some of the books in our collection such as Black Indians: A Hidden Heritage and Proudly Red and Black: Stories of African and Native Americans, both written by William Loren Katz, and IndiVisible from the National Museum of the American Indian.


Proudly Red and Black book cover

Inauguration Day 2021 Teaching Resources from SPS Curriculum and Instruction

On January 20th, President-elect Joe Biden will take the Oath of Office and be sworn in as the 46th President of the United States of America during an inauguration ceremony. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris has also made history as the first woman and the first person to identify as Black and as South Asian American to serve in the role of Vice President.

Many teachers are considering ways to approach teaching about the inauguration. The resources listed below are lessons and activities to help you teach about the event through a non-partisan lens.

View Teaching Resources 


text of word "Pride" in striped rainblow colors

June is National Pride Month, an annual celebration honoring the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in New York City. To commemorate Pride Month, we’re sharing a selection of books and online resources focusing on the LGBTQ2 Native American community.

Books in our library:

image of book cover Love Beyond Body, Space and Time

View our Pride Month Online Resources Collection, where you’ll find articles about two-spirit activists, videos featuring San Francisco’s two-spirit powwow, a streaming video from Seattle Public Library that includes a short film exploring the two-spirit tradition, and more information resources.


April: National Poetry Month

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April is National Poetry Month—the perfect time to discover Native American poets, read their poetry, and learn about their creative contributions to the literary world. We’ve gathered a selection of poetry-related resources for you to enjoy:

Poet Showcase:

Joy Harjo (Muscogee), U.S. Poet Laureate:

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Image of book cover, An American Sunrise
Image of book cover, For a Girl Becoming
Image of book cover, Crazy Brave
image of book Secrets of the Center of the World

Sherman Alexie
image of book First Indian on the Moon

Sherman Alexie (Spokane/Coeur D’Alene):

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image of book One Stick Song

Joseph Bruchac (Nulhegan Abenaki):

Joseph Bruchac
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image of book Circle of Thanks
image of book 13 Moons on Turtle's Back

Women’s History Month – Celebrating Native American Women

Browse the collections below to discover female authors from across North America—the United States, Alaska, Canada and southern indigenous tribes—and explore resources about Native American women:

Joy Harjo (Muscogee), U.S. Poet Laureate:

Photo of U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo
Image of book cover, An American Sunrise
Image of book cover, For a Girl Becoming
Image of book cover, Crazy Brave
Image of book cover, The Good Luck Cat

Sondra Segundo (Haida), author and illustrator:

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Image of book cover, Killer Whale Eyes
Image of book cover, Lovebirds

Author Robin Wall Kimmerer (Citizen Potawatomi Nation), author:

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Image of book cover, Braiding Sweetgrass
Image of book cover, Gathering Moss


SPS Librarians Visit the Library

Seattle Public School librarians are holding meetings in the Native American Education Library to explore the collection and share ideas for helping teachers and students use our resources. SPS teachers and staff are welcome to schedule a time to use the library for meetings. If interested, please contact Gail Morris.

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Photo of SPS Elementary Librarians

Left photo, SPS high school librarians (pictured left to right): Claire Scott (Lincoln), TuesD Chambers (Ballard), Liz Crouse (Nathan Hale), Tyson Manzin (Garfield), Quinn Longhurst (Franklin), Luke Azinger (Sealth), Betty Brennan (Ingraham), Deb Gallaher (Roosevelt), Darcy Brixey (SPS Library Program Manager)

Right photo, SPS elementary school librarians (pictured left to right): Kevin McNew (Leschi), Danae Powers (McGilvra), J.K. Burwell (Graham Hill), Kathleen Gillespie (John Stanford), Linda Nakagawa (Lafayette), Craig Seasholes (Dearborn Park), Benjamin Davis (Martin Luther King Jr., Brighton), Michael Zetterberg (Thurgood Marshall)