Reading Recommendations

Every newsletter will include a recommendation for books or media produced by Indigenous authors. Please see the recommendations below. We recommend purchasing from an Indigenous-run bookstore and will link to one when possible. You can find a list of these stores here:

Cover of Tending the Wild depicting a Pomo collecting seeds with a seed beater

Week 1: Tending the Wild by M. Kat Anderson

"A complex look at California Native ecological practices as a model for environmental sustainability and conservation.” (Purchase here)

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Week 2: Required Reading: Climate Justice, Adaptation and Investing in Indigenous Power by NDN Collective

"Required Reading is a roadmap that hones in on why Indigenous peoples must lead through the heart of the climate crisis." (Purchase here)

Week 3: The Red Deal: Indigenous Action to Save Our Earth by The Red Nation

"A movement-oriented document for climate justice and grassroots reform and revolution.(Read here)

Week 4: The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present by David Treuer

"A sweeping history--and counter-narrative--of Native American life from the Wounded Knee massacre to the present." (Purchase here)

Week 5: Fresh Banana Leaves: Healing Indigenous Landscapes through Indigenous Science by Dr. Jessica Hernandez

"An Indigenous environmental scientist breaks down why western conservationism isn't working--and offers Indigenous models...(Purchase here)

Week 6: As Long as Grass Grows: The Indigenous Fight for Environmental Justice, from Colonization to Standing Rock, by Dina Gilio-Whitaker

"The story of Native peoples’ resistance to environmental injustice and land incursions, and a call for environmentalists to learn from the Indigenous community’s rich history of activism." (Purchase here)

Week 7: Nature Poem by Tommy Pico

Short but unforgettable, Nature Poem is “a book-length poem about how an American Indian writer can’t bring himself to write about nature, but is forced to reckon with colonial-white stereotypes, manifest destiny, and his own identity as an young, queer, urban-dwelling poet” (Purchase here)

Week 8: our History Is the Future: Standing Rock Versus the Dakota Access Pipeline, and the Long Tradition of Indigenous Resistance, by Nick Estes

The book “traces traditions of Indigenous resistance that led to the #NoDAPL movement. Our History Is the Future is at once a work of history, a manifesto, and an intergenerational story of resistance.” (Purchase here)

Week 9: Night is a Sharkskin Drum by Haunani-Kay Trask

An iconic leader of the movement for Hawaiian sovereignty, Haunani-Kay Trask was also a talented poet. This is her second and final book of poems, “a haunted and haunting love song for a beloved homeland under assault.” (Purchase here)

Week 10: An Afro-Indigenous History of the United States by Kyle T. Mays

“The first intersectional history of the Black and Native American struggle for freedom in our country,” the book explores the relationship between Black and Native liberation movements, and the powerful possibilities of solidarity. (Purchase here)

Week 11: Surpassing Certainty by Janet Mock

Janet Mock is a Black and Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian) writer, director, and producer best known for her work on Pose. The sequel to Mock’s bestselling memoir of her youth and coming out, Surpassing Certainty is a memoir of her twenties - leaving her home in Hawai’i, beginning her career, and building her life. (Purchase here)

Week 12: All My Relations, hosted by Adrienne Keene and Matika Wilbur (Podcast)

The podcast explores “our relationships as Native peoples - to land, ancestors and to each other.” They just started their 4th season, so there are plenty of episodes; start with one that catches your interest. (Listen here)

Week 13: New Native Kitchen by Freddie Bitsoie and James O. Fraioli

"With recipes as varied as the peoples that inspired them, New Native Kitchen celebrates the Indigenous heritage of American cuisine." (Purchase here)

Week 14: We Are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom and illustrated by Michaela Goade

Filled with beautiful, watery art, Caldecott Award-winner We Are Water Protectors is a perfect introduction to environmental justice! (Purchase here)


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