While some editors cited the “pipeline” problem, limited manuscripts from Native authors or non-Native authors that are well-done and well-researched may not be the only impediment to increasing the number of books representing indigenous people. A systemic ignorance of topics of concern to some American Indians – including tribal sovereignty, accurate and inclusive history, and a sensitivity to sacred religious beliefs and practices – perpetuates false representations of Native people, and keeps stereotypes in place, building walls between Native and non-Native populations. Overwhelmingly, those who spoke with PW suggested actively attempting to dismantle these walls, by connecting via resources and social media. However, many of the editors, and Reese as well, pointed to a lack of basic information leading to this ignorance, which indicates a problem: that U.S. citizens are not actively or accurately educated about Native American history and culture, despite the fact that entire, diverse nations of American Indians are geographically located throughout this shared continent. Dispelling ignorance in schools might be the first place to start. – Publishers Weekly

Why Wild Turkeys Hate the Wild – Turkeys, which have become synonymous with U.S. Thanksgiving, were actually over-hunted by Europeans, so that by the middle of the 19th century, they were virtually absent from Connecticut, Vermont, New York, and Massachusetts. This was not unusual, of course – European settlers made a significant dent in the populations of many different animals, from squirrels to deer. Wild turkeys, however, which had flourished in the Massachusetts forest, have been particularly adaptable, so much so that they are now more comfortable as city dwellers. I like the way Yoni Applebaum discusses this evolution in the context of boundaries between “civilization” and “wilderness,” as in, those differences are largely artificial and obscure the fact that both spaces are “different agricultural landscapes, each optimized for a different purpose.”  And it was only a matter of time before the turkeys figured out that more human activity meant fewer natural predators and more forgeable resources for them: