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One Read for Racial Justice Guide: Girl Gone Missing

One Read for Racial Justice: Girl Gone Missing

Girl Gone Missing

Girl Gone Missing cover

A blonde girl in Cash’s freshman Science class disappears. But soon she’s flying into Cash’s dreams, calling for help.

Most people call Renee Blackbear—the nineteen-year-old Anishinabe woman—“Cash.” Why? Because she drives trucks for cash. She plays pool for cash. She pays with cash. Now she’s in college, thanks to Sheriff Wheaton, the guy who pulled her from her mother’s wrecked car when she was three. Cash has navigated through foster homes and, at 13, was working farms, driving truck.

Turns out she’s smart, real smart, but she’s a duck out of water at Moorhead State. Her classmates and professors talk mostly about nothing, not like the working men she’s known all her life who talk dirt and fertilizer, weather and prices on the Grain Exchange. Then Cash hears about a blonde girl in her English class gone missing. And then another. She begins to dream blonde girls calling for help. They’re in Minneapolis. She’s never been far from the Red River. She’s never heard of White Slavery. And, then, suddenly she’s locked inside a room with the lost girls. She needs to find a way out. (from the publisher)

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Native History, Art, and Culture

Mark My Words by Mishuana Goeman
An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
Everything You Wanted to Know about Indians but Were Afraid to Ask by Anton Treuer
Night Flying Woman by Ignatia Broker
New Poets of Native Nations by Heid E. Erdrich (Editor)
Original Local by Heid E. Erdrich
The Sioux Chef's Indigenous Kitchen by Sean Sherman
Mni Sota Makoce by Gwen Westerman; Bruce White
Shapes of Native Nonfiction by Elissa Washuta (Editor); Theresa Warburton (Editor)
The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee by David Treuer
When the Light of the World Was Subdued, Our Songs Came Through by Joy Harjo (Editor)
Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer

Native Women's Experiences

Heart Berries by Terese Marie Mailhot
Postcolonial Love Poem by Natalie Diaz
Noopiming: The Cure for White Ladies by Leanne Betasamosake Simpson
#NotYourPrincess by Lisa Charleyboy (Editor); Mary Beth Leatherdale (Editor)
Sharing Our Stories of Survival by Sarah Deer (Editor)
Whereas by Layli Long Soldier
I Am Woman by Lee Maracle
Bitterroot by Susan Devan Harness
National Monuments by Heid E. Erdrich
Firekeeper's Daughter by Angeline Boulley
Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists by Jill Ahlberg Yohe and Teri Greeves (Editors)
The Seed Keeper by Diane Wilson

Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women Resources

What is a One Read?

A “One Read” is an event where everyone in a particular community reads the same book and comes together to discuss it. Think of it like a giant book club. Often in addition to a shared reading, there are a series of events that give context and relate to the book’s theme.

“People can go for days at a time not talking to anyone outside their immediate family. There are precious few opportunities for people of different ethnic background, economic levels or ages to sit down together and discuss ideas that are important to them this project provides that opportunity.” — Nancy Pearl, Director, Washington Center for the Book

“The idea is that the city that opens the same book closes it in greater harmony.” — Mary McGrory, The Washington Post, March 17, 2002

About the Author

Marcie Rendon is a citizen of the White Earth Nation. In 2020, she became the first Native American woman to receive the McKnight Distinguished Artist award. Her novel, Girl Gone Missing, Cinco Puntos Press, is the second in the Cash Blackbear series. The first, Murder on the Red River (2017 Cinco Puntos Press) won the Pinckley Women’s Debut Crime Novel Award, 2018. It was a Western Writers of America Spur Award Finalist 2018  in the Contemporary Novel category. Two nonfiction children’s books are Pow Wow Summer (MN Historical Press) and Farmer’s Market: Families Working Together (CarolRhoda). Rendon was recognized as a 50 over 50 Change-maker by MN AARP and POLLEN, 2018. With four published plays she is the creative mind of Raving Native Theater. She curates community created performance such as Art Is…CreativeNativeResilience which features three Anishinabe performance artists on TPT Public Television, June 2019. Diego Vazquez and Rendon received the Loft’s 2017 Spoken Word Immersion Fellowship for their work with women incarcerated in county jails.

Rendon was featured in Oprah Magazine’s “31 Native American Authors to Read Right Now”: “Rendon’s Cash Blackbear series are gripping vehicles that tell broader stories about the historical persecution of American Indians.” (from the publisher)

More by Marcie Rendon

Murder on the Red River

Native Justice

As We Have Always Done by Leanne Betasamosake Simpson
The Red Deal by The Red Nation
What Does Justice Look Like? by Angela Cavender Wilson
Our History Is the Future by Nick Estes
We Are Still Here by Laura Waterman Wittstock (Text); Dick Bancroft (Photographer)

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Even As We Breathe by Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle
The Plague of Doves by Louise Erdrich
The Red Bird All-Indian Traveling Band by Frances Washburn
This Town Sleeps by Dennis E. Staples
Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse
Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese
The House of Purple Cedar by Tim Tingle

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