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November 18, 2021

November is Native American Heritage Month

In 1990, November was officially declared Native American Heritage Month. It has been celebrated every November since; however, that proclamation had been seventy-five years in the making. Red Fox James, a member of the Blackfeet Nation of Montana, arrived in Washington D.C. in 1915 after traveling from state to state on horseback for over a year. He had been gathering endorsements from state legislatures in support of establishing a holiday to recognize American Indians. In the seventy-five years that followed, countless other activists worked together to obtain the declaration of November as Native American Heritage Month.

The SD State Library has many resources to help you honor the heritage of Native Americans this month.

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November Federal Publication: Salmon

‘The migration of Pacific salmon from ocean feeding ground to the streams of their birth-a journey of 3,000 miles or more-is a remarkable feat of endurance and homing. It is a long, strenuous, and desperate race, with every obstacle taking an enormous toll. One out of a thousand salmon may live to reach the stream where it was hatched.’

Salmon of the Pacific Coast

I 49.2:SA 3/3/998 OCLC#40488100

Pink Salmon ascending falls [from pamphlet]

Pacific Salmon has seven species. Chinook, is the largest and Pink Salmon the smallest averaging 2-5 pounds. Chinook average weight is 18-25, but recorded over 100 pounds and 4 feet in length. In the 1800’s a rapid decline in overfishing in the upper west coastal states. With human population expanding, logging and mining all took a toll on salmon spawning habitat.

On a side note: Chinook Salmon can be found in Lake Oahe, Pierre SD and Oahe Tailwaters due to the cold, deep water habitats. Daily limit is 5 and possession is 10.

The SD State Library is a federal depository library and provides access to print and electronic federal government publications. Print publications are available via interlibrary loan. Electronic publications are linked from the state library online catalog.

Pink Salmon ascending falls

Celebrate National Picture Book Month with the SDSL Staff!

Scottie Bruch, School Library Technology Coordinator

My favorite picture book is actually a set of picture books from Iza Trapani called Extended Nursery Rhymes. There are many in the series, but the ones that my boys and I loved are "Row Row Row Your Boat," "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star," "Baa Baa Black Sheep," "I'm a Little Teapot," and "The Itsy Bitsy Spider." I love that the author takes well-known nursery rhymes and turns them into bigger stories. And, of course, you can SING the whole book!

Laura Kelly, Children & Youth Services Coordinator

My favorite picture book is One by Kathryn Otoshi. The artwork is simple and everyone can relate to the characters. I love the message of how much the actions of one person matters and positive message that comes from a person doing something kind or brave.

Paul Giovanetti, Acquisitions Library Associate

My favorite picture book is Bark, George by Jules Feiffer. When I use to read it for story time, I would use the Folkmanis Hand Puppets and act out the story. Sometimes I would add different animals to make it more interesting and it was great to use with the kids for participation in the animal sounds.


Thursday, Nov. 25th, 8am to Friday, Nov. 26th, 5pm

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The South Dakota State Library will be closed November 25 and November 26 for the Thanksgiving holiday.

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