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Native women win major award for 'Water Protectors' book


January 28, 2021

Growing up in Nebraska, Carole Lindstrom’s favorite novel series was “The Little House” series by Laura Ingalls Wilder about a young woman’s life as a settler on the Great Plains in the late 19th Century.

But while she loved reading about Wilder’s adventures, Lindstrom couldn’t help but feel frustrated by how the author depicted her people.

“I just remember being so torn and not understanding why this book that I loved so much could talk about me so badly, as a savage and as a wild Indian,” she said. “I wasn’t those things. My mother wasn’t those things. My grandmother wasn’t those things. Our people are not those things.”


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