cover image Indian No More

Indian No More

Charlene Willing McManis and Traci Sorell. Tu, $18.95 (224p) ISBN 978-1-62014-839-6

Set in 1957, as the U.S. government’s Indian Relocation Program went into effect, this autobiographical novel was written by the late McManis, of Umpqua heritage and a formerly enrolled citizen of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, and completed after her death by Sorrell, an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation. Ten-year-old Regina Petit’s family moves to Los Angeles after their Umpqua tribe, along with all Oregon tribes, is terminated. Displaced to a small house in a crowded neighborhood, the Petits—Daddy, Portuguese Mama, grandmother Chich, younger sister Peewee, and Regina—confront stereotypical views of Native Americans held by their new friends, including black, Latinx, and white people. Regina struggles with her Native identity as she experiences Halloween—during which a racist attack leaves her bewildered—and Thanksgiving for the first time. The authors’ depiction of valiantly optimistic Daddy as a man who is unwilling to be defeated by discrimination is especially strong; other characters, while sympathetic, have less dimension, and two significant family events are given little heft. A personalized look at a significant moment in U.S. history, the book closes with extensive back matter, including McManis’s author’s note and family photos. Ages 8–12. [em](Sept.) [/em]