Indian No More
Regina Petit's family has always been Umpqua, and living on the Grand Ronde reservation is all ten-year-old Regina has ever known. Her biggest worry is that Sasquatch may actually exist out in the forest. But when the federal government signs a bill into law that says Regina's tribe no longer exists, Regina becomes "Indian no more" overnight—even though she was given a number by the Bureau of Indian Affairs that counted her as Indian, even though she lives with her tribe and practices tribal customs, and even though her ancestors were Indian for countless generations.
With no good jobs available in Oregon, Regina's father signs the family up for the Indian Relocation program and moves them to Los Angeles. Regina finds a whole new world in her neighborhood on 58th Place. She's never met kids of other races, and they've never met a real Indian. For the first time in her life, Regina comes face to face with the viciousness of racism, personally and toward her new friends.
Map. Note on Chinuk Wawa language. Glossary. Author’s note with photographs. Co-author’s note. Editor’s note. “The Beaver and the Coyote.”
JLG Release: Feb 2020
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Realistic Fiction Middle Plus
Awards & Honors
CPL Best Books - 2019
American Indians in Children's Literature Best Books of 2019
Booklist Editors' Choice for Books for Youth
American Indian Youth Literature Award Winner - 2020
Praise & Reviews
Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:
Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal*, The Horn Book Magazine, Booklist*
School Library Journal
9 x 9
Scholastic Reading CountsN/A
Potentially Sensitive Areas
Language: Mild Language, Discrimination: Racial Insensitivity/Racism
Family life, Racism, Moving households, Los Angeles, California, Indian Relocation Act (1956), Umpqua tribe, Grand Ronde reservation, Friendship, Neighborhoods and community, Native Americans, Twentieth-century US history, Grandmothers and granddaughters,