American Indian Stories

ISBN-10: 1984854216
ISBN-13: 9781984854216
Author: Zitkala-Sa
Interest Level: 10-A
Publisher: Penguin Random House

Publication Date: May 2019

Copyright: 2019

Page Count: 160

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Grades 10-A

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BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Native Americans

HISTORY / Native American

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Bright and carefree, Zitkala-Sa grows up on the Yankton Sioux reservation in South Dakota with her mother until Quaker missionaries arrive, offering a free education to all Sioux children. The catch: the children must leave their parents behind and travel to Indiana. Curious about the world beyond the reservation, Zitkala-Sa begs her mother to let her go--and her mother, aware of the advantage that an education offers, reluctantly agrees. But the missionary school is not the adventure that Zitkala-Sa expected: the school is a strict one, her long hair is cut, and only English is spoken. She encounters racism and ridicule. Slowly, she adapts to her environment--excelling at her studies, winning prizes for essay-writing and oration. Vivid and poignant, this memoir is the story of an activist in the making, a woman whose extraordinary career partially inspired the events of Killers of the Flower Moon.
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