Indigenous scholars need to read these 7 books

Books Every Indigenous College Student Needs to Read

Memoirs, Poems and Novels you need to read before you graduate.

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As an Indigenous scholar, there have been several pieces of writing that have greatly impacted my views and opinions on culture and society. Being able to find books I can either relate to or that relate to the stories told by my family members, inspires me more to finish my degree and achieve my goals. These pieces of writing have also inspired me to write my first poetry book, "She Called Herself Nizhoni". Here are a list of books every Indigenous College student should read before they graduate and move on to their career of choice.

1. "Heart Berries" by Terese Marie Mailhot

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Mariholt started writing this memoir during her week long in-patient care after considering suicide. She goes into detail what it is like being a Native American woman in a white-ran mental hospital. Healing is compared between her tribes way of healing and the Westernized version of "healing". She talks of starting a family, her childhood and greatly impactful moments in her life. This book has several triggers in it, so take caution. This book represents a strong, Indigenous woman and the importance of recognizing how important mental health is.

2. "There, There" by Tommy Orange

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Orange writes this book in different points of view in an Urban Native perspective. All of the story-tellers are from the Cheyenne tribe and live in or near Oakland, California. Hilarious in some parts, and too close to home in others.

3. "I, Rigoberta Menchu" by Rigoberta Menchu

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Do you ever read a book and it makes you feel greatful where you are at this point in life? That you realize your problems are huge, and others around the world are also dealing with this sort of uncertainty? "I, Rigoberta Menchu" spoke volumes into my academic career. If you have great interest in activsim, this book is just for you.

4. "The Round House" by Louise Erdrich

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Trigger warning. This book represents a story based-on real life events. Dealing with the epidemic across Indigenos communities, that is, Violence against Native Women & Children. You will not finish this book without shedding a tear or two.

5. "My name is Seepeetza" by Shirley Sterling

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I read this book when I was 10 years old. My Grandparents, like so so many other Indigenous families, were forced into a residential school at a very young age. The stories always make me realize why it is so important we as Indigenous scholars must use these Westernized platforms to speak our own langauges, wear our regalia and stand up for our tribes.

6. "Corazon" & "Tesoro" by Yesika Salgado

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Going through a bad breakup or wondering how to get over a bad/toxic relationship? These two poetry books by Yesika Salgado will do the trick.

7. "Split Tooth" by Tanya Tagaq

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A well-known Inuit singer, Tanya Tagaq writes of her life and the challenges of being an Indigenous woman.

I hope these books end up being impactful in your life, and maybe you will read them more than once like I have.

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1. Finding out that they're going on tour

2. Hopefully entering your name into the lottery to get presale tickets

3. Finding out that you actually get to buy presale tickets

4. Impatiently waiting for your presale tickets by listening to their songs on repeat

5. And remembering how obsessed you used to be (definitely still are) with them

6. Trying to coordinate the squad to go to the concert with you

7. Waiting in the Ticketmaster waiting room...

8. ...And feeling super frantic/frustrated because there are about 2000 people in line in front of you

9. Actually getting into the site to buy the tickets

10. Frantically trying to find seats you can actually pay for because, let's be real, you're twenty-something and poor

11. Managing to actually get the seats you want

12. Joyfully letting your squad know that you've done it

13. Crying a little because all of the dreams you've had since 2007 are coming true

14. Listening to every single Jonas Brothers song on repeat (again)

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15 Thing Only Early 2000's Kids Will Understand

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This is it early 2000's babies, a compilation finally made for you. This list is loaded with things that will make you swoon with nostalgia.

1. Not being accepted by the late 90's kids.

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Contrary to what one may think, late 90's and early 00's kids had the same childhood, but whenever a 00's kid says they remember something on an "only 90's kids will understand" post they are ridiculed.

2. Fortune tellers.

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Every day in elementary school you would whip one of these bad boys out of your desk, and proceed to tell all of your classmates what lifestyle they were going to live and who they were going to marry.

3.Bunnicula

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You could never read this book past 8 o'clock at night out of fear that your beloved pet rabbit would come after you.

4. Silly bands.

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You vividly remember begging your parents to buy you $10 worth of cheap rubber bands that vaguely resembles the shape of an everyday object.

5. Parachutes.

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The joy and excitement that washed over you whenever you saw the gym teacher pull out the huge rainbow parachute. The adrenaline that pumped through your veins whenever your gym teacher tells you the pull the chute under you and sit to make a huge "fort".

6. Putty Erasers

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You always bought one whenever there was a school store.

7. iPod shuffle.

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The smallest, least technological iPpd apple has made, made you the coolest kid at the bus stop.

8. "Education Connection"

You knew EVERY wood to the "Education Connection" commercials. Every. Single.Word.

9. " The Naked Brothers Band"

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The "Naked Brothers Band" had a short run on Nickelodeon and wrote some absolute bangers including, "Crazy Car' and "I Don't Wanna Go To School"

10. Dance Dance Revolution

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This one video game caused so many sibling, friend, and parent rivalries. This is also where you learned all of your super sick dance moves.

11. Tamagotchi

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Going to school with fear of your Tamagotchi dying while you were away was your biggest worry.

12. Gym Scooters

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You, or somebody you know most likely broke or jammed their finger on one of these bad boys, but it was worth it.

13. Scholastic book fairs

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Begging your parents for money to buy a new book, and then actually spending it on pens, pencils, erasers, and posters.

14.Go-Gurt

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Who knew that putting yogurt in a plastic tube made it taste so much better?

15. Slap Bracelets

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Your school probably banned these for being "too dangerous".

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