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Saturday, 27 February

08:11

Debbie--have you seen... RED MOON RISING by K. A. Holt American Indians in Children's Literature (AICL)

Woah. Some books are so.... out there, that I have a hard time wrapping my head around them. K. A. Holt's Red Moon Rising is one of those books. Here's the synopsis:

Space-farmer Rae Darling is kidnapped and trained to become a warrior against her own people in this adventurous middle grade space western.
Rae Darling and her family are colonists on a moon so obscure it doesn’t merit a name. Life is hard, water is scarce, and the farm work she does is grueling. But Rae and her sister Temple are faced with an added complication—being girls is a serious liability in their strict society. Even worse, the Cheese—the colonists’ name for the native people on the moon—sometimes kidnap girls from the human colony. And when Rae’s impetuous actions disrupt the fragile peace, the Cheese come for her and Temple.
Though Rae and Temple are captives in the Cheese society, they are shocked to discover a community full of kindness and acceptance. Where the human colonists subjugated women, the Cheese train the girls to become fierce warriors. Over time, Temple forgets her past and becomes one of the Cheese, but Rae continues to wonder where her loyalties truly lie. When her training is up, will she really be able to raid her former colony? Can she kidnap other girls, even if she might be recruiting them to a better life?
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07:20

The Trump Pile-On: Kasich Steadfast While Rest of Republican Party Bares Teeth Indian Country Headline News

Prior to the South Carolina Republican Primary the sound was ka-CHING! ka-CHING!...

Manning: OK, GOP, Let's Talk Privilege Indian Country Headline News

Did a GOP Presidential candidate just substantiate the notion of privilege in the recent GOP debate?  Oh yes, he sure did.    ...

How Did I Miss That? Redneck Riviera 'Discovered' in 1559; Cockfighting Ring Indian Country Headline News

Archeology reported that the remains of the settlement founded in Florida by Don Tristán de Luna y Arellano ha...

06:44

Israeli forces demolish school in Bedouin community | World War 4 Report Aboriginal News Group Newswire

Israeli forces demolish school in Bedouin community | World War 4 Report: On Feb. 17, the Coordinator for Humanitarian and UN Development Activities for the occupied Palestinian territory Robert Piper said the number of Palestinians displaced so far in 2016 is already equivalent to over half of the total number displaced in all of 2015. Piper called on Israel to immediately halt all demolitions in the occupied West Bank, which he said were in violation of international law. "Most of the demolitions in the West Bank take place on the spurious legal grounds that Palestinians do not possess building permits," Piper said. "But, in Area C, official Israeli figures indicate only 1.5 percent of Palestinian permit applications are approved in any case. So what legal options are left for a law-abiding Palestinian?"

The UN documented 283 homes and other structures destroyed, dismantled, or confiscated between Jan. 1 and Feb. 15. The measures displaced 404 Palestinians, including 219 children. Another 1,150 Palestinians were also affected after losing structures related to their source of income, according to the UN. The destruction was focused in 41 locations, many in Palestinian Bedouin or herder communities in Area C, the over 60 percent of the West Bank under full Israeli military control.

03:31

Sami reindeer herders battle conservationists and miners to cling on to Arctic culture | Global development | The Guardian Aboriginal News Group Newswire

Sami reindeer herders battle conservationists and miners to cling on to Arctic culture | Global development | The Guardian: “Our way of life and culture is threatened by the rush for Arctic development, and by conservationists wanting to protect reindeer predators, like eagles and lynx,” says Daniel Oskal, a young reindeer herder who works in the mountains close to Troms�.

His colleague, Aslak Eira, adds: “The problem is land grabbing. Government expropriates land for roads and tunnels, windfarms and mines. Our land is being eroded by development. Almost half of our winter lands have gone. I fear that in future there will be nowhere left for the reindeer.”

The two Sami herders have lit a small fire in a shelter above a frozen lake. Together with a relation, Johan Oskal, they own 2,000 semi-domesticated reindeer, which are grazing among the bare trees in the snowy mountains near Troms�. Last month temperatures were below -30C for three weeks – cold enough to freeze reindeer urine as soon as it hits the ground – but the sun has started to come over the mountains again after months of darkness and last week it was a balmy -10C.

03:03

Debbie--have you seen... SOME KIND OF COURAGE by Dan Gemeinhart American Indians in Children's Literature (AICL)

Jessica, a reader of AICL, wrote to ask me about Dan Gemeinhart's Some Kind of Courage. Out in 2016 from Scholastic, here's the synopsis:

Joseph Johnson has lost just about everyone he's ever loved. He lost his pa in an accident. He lost his ma and his little sister to sickness. And now, he's lost his pony-fast, fierce, beautiful Sarah, taken away by a man who had no right to take her.
Joseph can sure enough get her back, though. The odds are stacked against him, but he isn't about to give up. He will face down deadly animals, dangerous men, and the fury of nature itself on his quest to be reunited with the only family he has left.
Because Joseph Johnson may have lost just about everything. But he hasn't lost hope. And he hasn't lost the fire in his belly that says he's getting his Sarah back-no matter what.
The critically acclaimed author of The Honest Truth returns with a poignant, hopeful, and action-packed story about hearts that won't be tamed... and spirits that refuse to be broken.


It is a middle grade Western, set in 1890. A couple of things I see via Google Books give me pause:
"She's half Indian pony, so she's got some spirit, but she ain't nothing but perfect with me."
"It was Indians. [...]...

Friday, 26 February

23:39

Published in 2015: Books by/about Native peoples American Indians in Children's Literature (AICL)

I will be updating this page whenever I read something published in 2015. What it likely means is that a title will be added to the "Not Reviewed" list at the end, and when it is reviewed, it will be moved into the Recommended or Not Recommended list. 

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