"Established in 2006, American Indians in Children's Literature (AICL) provides critical perspectives and analysis of indigenous peoples in children's and young adult books, the school curriculum, popular culture, and society"
-Dr. Debbie Reese (Nambe Owingeh),
"As a relatively new assistant professor [in 2006] at a "Research I" university (the height of the "publish or perish" institution), I knew it was important that I publish my research in academic journals and books, but as a Native parent and former schoolteacher, I knew that those academic journals are not easily accessible or available to people who work with children on a daily basis...
I was raised at Nambe Owingeh (a federally recognized tribe) and I am tribally enrolled there. At community gatherings, our elders never fail to tell us that what we do with our lives must be for the well-being of our community. In American Indian Studies, leading scholars tell us the same thing. How, they ask us, will the work we do in the academy help people? The guidance I received from tribal elders and Native scholars frames and supports my commitment to publishing American Indians in Children's Literature (AICL).
Through AICL, I share a lot of information that I think will help readers learn about and understand the 500+ federally recognized Native Nations in the United States. Most people know about the federal government and the state governments, but very few know about tribal governments. Very few people know that American Indians in the United States have a status that marks us as distinct from minority or underrepresented populations (such as African Americans)."
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