Debbie Reese

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Friday, November 16, 2012

I launched AICL in May of 2006. By then, I had become an avid reader of a new form of expression--weblogs (blog for short)--and was keenly aware of their potential for impacting change.

As a relatively new assistant professor at a "Research I" university (the height of the "publish or perish" institution), I knew it was important that I publish my research in academic journals and books, but as a Native parent and former schoolteacher, I knew that those academic journals are not easily accessible or available to people who work with children on a daily basis...

I was raised at Nambe Owingeh (a federally recognized tribe) and I am tribally enrolled there. At community gatherings, our elders never failed to tell us that what we do with our lives must be for the well-being of our community. In American Indian Studies, leading scholars tell us the same thing. How, they ask us, will the work we do in the academy help people? The guidance I received from tribal elders and Native scholars frames and supports my commitment to publishing American Indians in Children's Literature (AICL).