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The Office for Intellectual Freedom of the American Library Association

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The American Southwest is an incredibly diverse and rich geography. Its deserts and mountains are gateways to some of our most profound landscapes: the Sonoran, the Mogollon Rim, the Chiricahua Mountains of the Basin and Range in the Coronado Forest, the Saguaro National Park outside of Tucson. The cultural life of the American Southwest reflects this diversity. It is home to some of our most important, popular and relevant writers: Simon Ortiz, Leslie Marmon Silko, Tony Hillerman, Ofelia Zepeda, Thomas Sheridan, and Jimmy Baca. The history of this part of the country is filled to the brim with a heady stew of Indigenous, Hispanic, and Anglo peoples; their communities and nations continue, significantly, to impact the way we remember our origins, as well as how we look to the future.

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Intellectual Freedom Blog

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