Powerful stories of influential Native Americans—for kids ages 8 to 12
From every background and tribal nation, native people are a vital part of history. This collection of biographies for kids explores 15 Native Americans and some of the incredible things they achieved. Kids will explore the ways each of these people used their talents and beliefs to stand up for what’s right and stay true to themselves and their community.
This book of Native American history for kids teaches them about:
Becoming a leader—Learn how Sitting Bull led with spiritual guidance and a strong will, and how Tecumseh inspired warriors to protect their communities from white American hostility.
Staying strong—Discover athletes like Maria Tallchief, who broke barriers in ballet, and Jim Thorpe, who showed the world that a native man could win Olympic gold.
Fighting for change—Find out how Deb Haaland and Suzan Harjo use their activism to raise awareness about Native American issues today.
Go beyond other books on American history for kids with a closer look at Native Americans who helped change the world.
About the Author
JIMMY LEE BEASON II is a member of the Osage Nation of Oklahoma, from the Eagle Clan. He works as a professor in the Indigenous and American Indian Studies Department at Haskell Indian Nations University. He also writes nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and essays about contemporary native issues.
“Jimmy Beason brought history of Native American pioneers and leading people lucidly for young learners. The contributions of Native American leading persons are artistically narrated, with impressive details and illustrations. Native Americans in History will introduce kids to natives' history and also to those inclined to know about native achievers' legacy in history.” —Bina Sengar, professor in Indigenous history and founder Rural South Asia www.ruralsouthasia.org
“Jimmy Beason has brilliantly shown that learning Native history from a Native perspective is an invaluable experience. While this book is directed at children, I believe that any reader will benefit from the language and stories in this book. Native Americans in History offers insight and will absolutely provoke future inquiries as to the incredible hardships and triumphs Native peoples have experienced in both the past and present.” —S.A. Lawrence-Welch, Indigenous advocate, organizer, speaker, activist, artist, and writer