UOTR Social Justice Team

November is Native American Heritage Month.


What started at the turn of the century as an effort to gain a day of recognition for the significant contributions the first Americans made to the establishment and growth of the U.S. has resulted in a whole month being designated for that purpose.

It is a time to celebrate the traditions, languages, and stories of Native American, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, and Island communities and ensure their rich histories and contributions continue to thrive with each passing generation.

Unity on the River's Social Justice Team will be sharing some more information on Native American Heritage Month in our newsletters during November.

In honor of this nation’s first people and their rich history, we are featuring books by Indigenous authors who continue the tradition of storytelling to explore Native identity, challenge stereotypes and historical fallacies, and to connect the past with the present.

Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer, 2015
There There by Tommy Orange, 2018
Night of the Living Rez by Morgan Talty, 2022
The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich, 2020
Our History Is the Future, by Nick Estes, 2020
When the Light of the World Was Subdued, Our Songs Came Through by Joy Harjo, Leanne Howe, and Jennifer Foerster, 2020

For children

A Day with Yayah by Nicola Campbell, art by Julie Flett
Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story by Kevin Noble Maillard, art by Juana Martinez-Neal,2019
Chester Nez and the Unbreakable Code: A Navajo Code Talker's Story by Joseph Bruchac, art by Liz Amini-Holmes.
For Teens

The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline
Give Me Some Truth: A Novel with Paintings by Eric Gansworth
#NotYourPrincess: Voices of Native American Women ed. by Lisa Charleyboy and Mary Beth Leatherdale