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21st Century Storytelling: W.A.R Nominee#1 – Debbie Reese

I profiled Debbie Reese back in September of 2009, and continue to be intrigued by her tireless efforts to educate us about American Indians in children’s literature. Please watch the video below, so you can learn what is rarely taught in our schools.

Reese provides “Critical perspectives of indigenous peoples in children’s and young adult books, the school curriculum, popular culture, and society-at-large. Scroll down for links to book reviews, Native media, and more…” (comes via her blog American Indians in Children’s Literature)

Here’s her story.


  1. Hi Amy,

    The talk you point to is from a Native Studies conference on the topic of Native Identity and Ethnic Fraud. I was invited to it (at Michigan State University) to address claims to Native identity within children’s and YA lit.

    Shown on state closest to me is Gwen Westerman and seated below the screen is Gordon Henry. He’s a poet… if you’re interested in Native poetry (not for YA or children) look for his work.

  2. Crowfeather says:

    Thank you Ms. Reese. I am fascinated by your ability to self promote, your seeming endless options, and your belief that you speaks for all native peoples and cultures.

  3. E. Crowchild says:

    Seems to me that Debbie Reese likes to speak before she thinks. She proclaims “John Smelcer is not native” She is wrong. He is native and a shareholder in the Ahtna Native Inc. The tribal elders and his family don’t have trouble with his skin. The irony is Ms. Reese liked his books. I guess racism takes all forms. Ms Reese likes to think she speaks for many natives, but she really speaks for herself.