“Native writers?” You might say. “Can’t we just buy Paul Goble’s gorgeous books? They’re in all the bookstores.” Some call them gorgeous, but leading Lakota scholars point to problems in the ways he presents his Iktomi stories. A few years ago, the American Library Association was using his art for bookmarks and posters for Native American Heritage Month, but in response to the American Indian Library Association’s objections, those bookmarks and posters were withdrawn. A far better choice is a book by a Native writer, especially one who is telling stories from his experience—or who has done extensive research and has personal relationships with peoples of other Native nations.
It’s the one day of the year that soup kitchens and food banks have more volunteers than they know what to do with. They don’t need you on November 22. They need you the other 364 days a year. (Well, you can skip Christmas and Easter, too.) Pick a day on your calendar between January 2013 and October 2013 and commit to volunteering to feed the hungry. Tweet and Instagram us a photo of your calendar commitment at #GOODthanksgiving and together, let’s put a dent in America’s food insecurity.