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Presenter: Traci Sorell, Cherokee Nation
Kids, families, educators: Join us virtually to hear Sorell read an excerpt from her new book We Are Still Here! Native American Truths Everyone Should Know. This companion book to her award-winning picture book We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga presents an intertribal look at historical and contemporary laws, policies, struggles, and victories in Native life through the eyes of 12 American Indian students. The children’s book author will also share why learning about these ongoing issues is important for everyone—both Native and non-Native—especially here, in North Carolina, the state with the largest American Indian population east of the Mississippi River.
As a former attorney and advocate for Indigenous peoples, Sorell wrote legal codes, testimony for congressional hearings, federal budget requests, grants, and reports. She continues that work by writing stories for young people and encouraging other Native writers and illustrators to share theirs. Sorell currently lives with family on her tribe’s reservation in northeastern Oklahoma. She is also the author of Classified: The Secret Career of Mary Golda Ross, Cherokee Aerospace Engineer and At the Mountain’s Base and cowrote the middle-grade novel Indian No More with Charlene Willing McManis, who was of Umpqua tribal heritage and later enrolled in the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde. Sorell spoke at the Museum of History’s 2020 American Indian Heritage Celebration.