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Mr. Yu from Portland OR is requesting books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Indigenous Books for Indigenous Month

Help me give my students grade level books to grow our curriculum around Indigenous History Month.

  • $1,117 goal

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My Students

We are a Title I, K-5 elementary school located in the heart of North Portland. We are a majority Black and Brown student community with a diverse population of over 18 different languages. 100 percent of our students receive free school lunch. We try and address as many needs as possible at our school, but often lack the funding to provide the supports we need.

Many of our English Language Learners come to our school with no prior schooling.

The challenge of learning English and building proficiency in content subjects is overwhelming for many of our students. A lack of prior schooling has many of our refugee students completing schoolwork several grade levels behind their peers.

My Project

We would like to build a larger class library of K-5 grade level books for our community that are written by or feature stories around Indigenous people/nations across the Western Hemisphere.

We have seen an increase of land acknowledgements in our schools, the result of making land acknowledgements without supporting them with curriculum that centers Indigenous nations becomes performative because our students learn nothing about the stories behind these land acknowledgements.

We want to continue building culturally relevant curriculum in our schools by being intentional about what we teach with. We can go beyond land acknowledgements as a community and create a different narrative by centering Indigenous stories missing from our classrooms.

Mr. Yu
Grades 3-5

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Shaped By Her Hands: Potter Maria Martinez (She Made History) • Amazon Business $11.99 4 $47.96
Stolen Words • Amazon Business $19.95 2 $39.90
Muskrat and Skunk / Sinkpe Na Maka: A Lakota Drum Story (Dakota and English Edition) (English and North American Indian Languages Edition) • Amazon Business $18.91 2 $37.82
Greet the Dawn: The Lakota Way • Amazon Business $18.76 2 $37.52
Sharice’s Big Voice: A Native Kid Becomes a Congresswoman • Amazon Business $17.99 2 $35.98
Wilma's Way Home: The Life of Wilma Mankiller (A Big Words Book) • Amazon Business $17.99 2 $35.98
Bowwow Powwow (ALA Notable Children's Books. Younger Readers (Awards)) • Amazon Business $17.95 2 $35.90
Hungry Johnny • Amazon Business $17.95 2 $35.90
Johnny's Pheasant • Amazon Business $16.95 2 $33.90
Mission To Space • Amazon Business $16.79 2 $33.58
We Are Still Here!: Native American Truths Everyone Should Know • Amazon Business $16.19 2 $32.38
I Sang You Down from the Stars • Amazon Business $15.99 2 $31.98
THUNDER'S HAIR • Amazon Business $14.99 2 $29.98
Dance in a Buffalo Skull (Prairie Tales) • Amazon Business $14.95 2 $29.90
Beaver Steals Fire: A Salish Coyote Story • Amazon Business $14.95 2 $29.90
We Are Water Protectors • Amazon Business $14.38 2 $28.76
Go Show the World: A Celebration of Indigenous Heroes • Amazon Business $13.10 2 $26.20
Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story • Amazon Business $12.68 2 $25.36
How Raven Got His Crooked Nose: An Alaskan Dena'ina Fable • Amazon Business $11.99 2 $23.98
Ho'onani: Hula Warrior • Amazon Business $11.59 2 $23.18
Louis Sockalexis: Native American Baseball Pioneer • Amazon Business $10.62 2 $21.24
Native Americans in History: A History Book for Kids (Biographies for Kids) • Amazon Business $9.99 2 $19.98
Building an Igloo • Amazon Business $9.99 2 $19.98
We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga • Amazon Business $8.99 2 $17.98
Jingle Dancer • Amazon Business $8.99 2 $17.98
Native Homes (Native Nations of North America (Paperback)) • Amazon Business $8.95 2 $17.90
1621: A New Look at Thanksgiving: A New Look at Thanksgiving (National Geographic) • Amazon Business $7.95 2 $15.90
Unstoppable: How Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team Defeated Army (Encounter: Narrative Nonfiction Picture Books) • Amazon Business $7.95 2 $15.90
Grandmother Spider Brings the Sun: A Cherokee Story • Amazon Business $7.95 2 $15.90
Chickadee (Birchbark House, 4) • Amazon Business $6.99 2 $13.98
How Chipmunk Got His Stripes (Picture Puffin Books) • Amazon Business $6.99 2 $13.98
Mama Do You Love Me?: (Children's Storytime Book, Arctic and Wild Animal Picture Book, Native American Books for Toddlers) (Mama, MAMA) • Amazon Business $6.99 2 $13.98
Morning on the Lake • Amazon Business $6.92 2 $13.84
A Boy Called Slow (Paperstar Book) • Amazon Business $6.36 2 $12.72
Who Was Sitting Bull? • Amazon Business $5.01 2 $10.02

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