Trailblazers
Trailblazers Collection Non-Fiction! The Native Trailblazer Series shines a spotlight on the contributions of Native Americans and First Nation Canadians who provide inspirational role models for young readers. High interest text and easy to read format is ideal for teen and adult literacy programs. Collection available for all readers.
Native Musicians in the Groove

This book was awarded the 2010 Next Generation Indie Book Awards as a finalist in the Multicultural Non-Fiction category! Read about the lives and accomplishments of these outstanding performers who represent the fresh new sounds from Native America today. The music of these talented artists transcends borders and cultures to speak directly to the hearts and minds of its listeners. Ten musicians include:

  • Michael Bucher (Cherokee)
  • Mary Youngblood (Seminole/Aleut)
  • Crystal Shawanda (Ojibwa)
  • Blackfire (Navajo)
  • Leela Gilday (Dene)
  • Four Rivers Drum (Variety of Tribal Affiliations)
  • Jamie Coon (Creek/Seminole)
  • Mato Nanji (Nakota Sioux)
  • Shane Yellowbird (Cree)
  • Gabriel Ayala (Pascua Yaqui)
Native Defenders of the Environment

2012 AIYLA (American Indian Youth Literature Award) Honorable Mention in the Young Adult Category

This book in the Native Trailblazer Series features the lives of eleven individuals who work to save the environment. These modern-day warriors show courage, determination, and resistance against multinational corporations and government policies harming the planet. Individuals profiled includes:

  • Melina Laboucan-Massimo (Lubicon Lake Band of Cree) Used her youthful passion to stop oil extraction from the tar sands of Alberta Canada.
  • Winona LaDuke (White Earth Band of Ojibwe) A recognized voice reclaiming Native land, advocating renewable energy resources and protecting Native cultures.
  • Clayton Thomas-Muller (Mathais Colomb Cree Nation) A dynamic advocate for indigenous self-determination and a tar sands campaign organizer.
  • Ben Powless (Six Nations) Journalist and photographer who brings his young energy to climate change issues.
  • Tom Goldtooth (Navajo and Dakota) Protects sacred sites and organizes global direct action campaigns to heal wounds to the environment.
  • Grace Thorpe (Sac and Fox) Dedicated her retirement years to keep Native reservations from becoming nuclear waste dumps.
  • Sarah James (Gwich’in) From the far reach of northern Alaska, her voice is heard around the world defending the porcupine caribou herd and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
  • Enei Begaye (Navajo) & Evon Peter (Gwich’in) Working as a team on environmental issues and finding sustainable strategies for all Native people.
  • Klee Benally (Navajo) Utilizes his media company to empower Native communities in their fight for environmental justice.
  • Teague Allston (Nottoway Indian Tribe of Virginia) Working to ensure a tribal voice is heard in Washington D.C.
  • Jerry Pardilla (Penobscot) Battling the paper industry in Maine to assure his tribe’s clean water supply.
Native Athletes in Action

From the Olympics to national and minor league teams, here are the stories of some of the many Native athletes who have excelled in the field of sports. These stories highlight the lives and achievements of 13 outstanding athletes, both men and women, who followed their hearts and through hard work became champions. Includes:

  • Naomi Lang (Karuk) - US Olympian and ice dance champion
  • Ross Anderson (Cheyenne/Arapaho, Mescalero Apache) - Downhill speed skier and US record holder
  • Jordin Tootoo (Inuit) - National Hockey League player
  • Stephanie Murata (Osage) - US National Wrestling champion
  • Beau Kemp (Choctaw and Chickasaw) - Professional baseball pitcher
  • Alwyn Morris (Mohawk) - Olympic gold and bronze medalist in kayaking
  • Cory Witherill (Navajo) - Professional Indy car racing
  • Richard Dionne (Sioux) - CBA basketball champion
  • Cheri Becerra-Madsen (Omaha) - Wheelchair racing Olympian, world record holder
  • Shelly Hruska (Metis) - Ringette Team Canada
  • Mike Edwards (Cherokee) - Professional bowler and PBA champion
  • Delby Powless (Mohawk) - Lacrosse champion
  • Jim Thorpe (Sauk and Fox) - Olympian and professional football and baseball player
Native Women of Courage

Profiles ten outstanding women leaders in the Native community. All of these successful, trailblazing women are stellar role models who have raised the profile of indigenous culture in North America. From heroines of the past to women making history today, this exciting work of non-fiction reminds readers of the extraordinary contributions of Native American women to our daily lives and to our country's social fabric.

  • Winona LaDuke (Anishinaabeg) - Author, environmentalist, vice-presidential candidate
  • Sarah Winnemucca (Paiute) - First Native American woman to write and publish a book
  • Maria Tallchief (Osage) - Prima ballerina with the New York City Ballet
  • Mary Kim Titla (Apache) - First Native American television news reporter in Arizona
  • Sandra Lovelace Nicholas (Maliseet) - Petitioned the United Nations on behalf of First Nations women's rights, and won
  • Susan Aglukark (Inuit) - Singer/songwriter and winner of 3 Juno music awards
  • Wilma Pearl Mankiller (Cherokee) - First women Chief of the Cherokee Nation
  • Susan Rochon-Burnett (Metis) - First women to be granted a Canadian FM broadcasting license
  • Lorna B. Williams (Lif'wat First Nation) - Educator who developed native curriculum for First Nations schools in Canada
  • Pauline Johnson-Tekahionwake (Mohawk) - Author and early advocate for Native women's rights
Native Men of Courage

Profiles ten outstanding leaders in the Native community. Each chapter presents ordinary individuals who overcame personal challenges and achieved extraordinary accomplishments.

  • Larry Merculieff (Aleut) - Helped bring a once enslaved and oppressed Aleutian people to a position of power and self-sufficiency
  • Patrick Brazeau (Algonquin) - National Chief of the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples
  • Raymond Cross (Mandan and Hidatsa) - Coyote Warrior who won a victory of compensation for the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara people
  • Golden Eagle Hotshots (Sycuan Reservation) - Heroic group of Native firemen that fight forest fires all over the country
  • Lieutenant Mark Bowman (Choctaw) - Virginia Beach Police Officer
  • Stanley Vollant (Innu) - Aboriginal surgeon who fulfilled a 100- year-old Innu tribe prophecy
  • Frank Abraham (Ojibwe) - A Chief whose wisdom and honesty enabled his tribe to rise from near financial failure
  • Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell (Cheyenne) - Former US Senator and three-time US Judo Champion
  • Chief Tom Porter (Mohawk) - Co-founder of the Akwesane Freedom School and chaplain for the New York State Dept. of Correctional Services
  • Red Hawk (Ojibwe) - Spiritual leader, artist and public speaker
Native Writers Voices of Courage

Learn about the life events and aspirations of 10 influential Native writers whose novels, short stories, poems, and plays encompass the soul of Native life. The entertaining and poignant creative works of these writers will inspire young readers to continue their education and reach for their own success.

  • Sherman Alexie (Spokane/Coeur d'Alene)
  • Louise Erdrich (Ojibwa)
  • Joseph Boyden (Cree/Métis)
  • N. Scott Momaday (Kiowa/Cherokee)
  • Marilyn Dumont (Cree/Métis)
  • Tomson Highway (Cree)
  • Joseph Bruchac (Abenaki)
  • Maria Campbell (Métis)
  • Nicola Campbell (Interior Salish of Nle7kepmx (Thompson) and Nsilx (Okanagan)/Métis)
  • Tim Tingle (Choctaw)
Native Elders Sharing Their Wisdom

In indigenous cultures, elders serve as a bridge across time: they are connected to the past, they live in the present, and they offer wisdom for the future. In these fascinating biographical essays, twelve First Nation and Native American elders share stories from their lives and tell what it was like to live in a time before television, cell phones, or video games. Their stories explain how their humble childhoods shaped the adults they became and the lessons they share as elders.

All of the elders profiled here work to ensure that their Native culture is passed down to members of their tribe. Whether through language lessons, ceremonies, or their ways of life, elders unlock the past and bring it to the present.

Featured Elders:
  • La Donna Harris Comanche
  • Ernest Siva Morongo
  • Jacqueline Guest Métis
  • Percy Henry Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in
  • Nella Heredia Cahuilla
  • Jim Northrup Anishinaabe/Ojibwe
  • Judy Gingell Kwanlin Dun
  • Christine Jack Xwisten
  • Mark Bellcourt Ojibwa
  • Bert Crowfoot Siksika
  • Louva Dahozy Navajo
  • Faith Davison Mohegan
Native Musicians in the Groove
Native Musicians in the Groove

This book was awarded the 2010 Next Generation Indie Book Awards as a finalist in the Multicultural Non-Fiction category! Read about the lives and accomplishments of these outstanding performers who represent the fresh new sounds from Native America today. The music of these talented artists transcends borders and cultures to speak directly to the hearts and minds of its listeners. Ten musicians include:

  • Michael Bucher (Cherokee)
  • Mary Youngblood (Seminole/Aleut)
  • Crystal Shawanda (Ojibwa)
  • Blackfire (Navajo)
  • Leela Gilday (Dene)
  • Four Rivers Drum (Variety of Tribal Affiliations)
  • Jamie Coon (Creek/Seminole)
  • Mato Nanji (Nakota Sioux)
  • Shane Yellowbird (Cree)
  • Gabriel Ayala (Pascua Yaqui)
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Includes: 1 copy of each book in the collection; 1 Android tablet; Audio files of each book loaded on the tablet; push button retractable earbuds; bookmarks; convenient carrying tote
$400
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Includes: 1 copy each of Native Musicians in the Groove, Native Defenders of the Environment, Native Athletes in Action, Native Women of Courage, Native Men of Courage, Native Writers Voices of Power, Native Elders Sharing Their Wisdom, and a Sling pack carry bag.
$75
Case/Keyboard
Bluetooth Keyboard and Case Combo
$75
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