Doris Seale

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Doris Seale (born Doris Marion Seale, July 10, 1936 - February 17, 2017) was a Santee Dakota, Abenaki and Cree poet, writer, and educator who worked as a librarian for 45 years.[1][2] She has written about Native Americans sending positive messages to children. Her work has helped to educate teachers about the truth about Native American people and cultures. She was a co-founder of Oyate an advocacy and education organization which reviews children’s literature to ensure it treats Native Americans with "historical accuracy, cultural appropriateness and without anti-Indian bias and stereotypes".[3]

Her writing focuses on these themes. Her last published work A Broken Flute: The Native Experience in Books for Children, deals with issues of cultural appropriation. It includes a chapter on deconstructing the myths perpetuated about the first Thanksgiving, helping educators create more culturally appropriate activities for the holiday.[4] Her activism extended into other areas of her work. When she received the ALA Equity Award in 2001 the ceremony was being held at the Marriott Hotel in San Francisco, a hotel that was in a labor dispute with its workers. Doris Seale joined that picket line rather than go inside to accept her award.[5]




  • Blood Salt. American Native Press Archives. 1989.
  • Ghost dance: new and selected poems. Oyate. 2000. ISBN 978-0-9625175-8-7.


  • Caucasian Americans: Basic Skills Workbook. Berkeley, CA: Oyate. 1994.
  • How to Tell the Difference: A Checklist for Evaluating Children's Books for Anti-Indian Bias. New Society Publishers. 1992. ISBN 1-55092-163-0.
  • Little Whitepeople. Berkeley, CA: Oyate. 1995.
  • The Multicolored Mirror: Cultural Substance in Literature for Children and Young Adults. CCBC/Highsmith Press. 1991.
  • Thanksgiving : a native perspective. Berkeley, CA: Oyate. 1998.
  • Through Indian eyes : the native experience in books for children. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: New Society Publishers. 1992.



  1. ^ "Oyate - Staf & Board". Oyate. Retrieved 5 June 2017.
  2. ^ "DORIS MARION SEALE". Boston Globe. Retrieved 5 June 2017.
  3. ^ "Oyate - About Us". Oyate. Retrieved 5 June 2017.
  4. ^ Morris, Amanda. "Teaching Thanksgiving in a Socially Responsible Way". Teaching Tolerance. Southern Poverty Law Center. Retrieved 5 June 2017.
  5. ^ Reese, Debbie. "Doris Seale, 1936-2017". American Indians in Children's Literature. Retrieved 5 June 2017.
  6. ^ Malden, Cheryl. "Seale receives the 2001 Equality Award". American Library Association. Retrieved 5 June 2017.

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