My Heart is on the Ground: The Diary of Nannie Little Rose, a Sioux Girl is a fictional diary written by Ann Rinaldi. It is the thirteenth book in Dear America. The book was published in April 1999 and was followed by The Great Railroad Race.
- "In memory of my uncle Anthony"
- "February 6
Names were carved on the boards that are black.... When my turn came, I asked Mrs. Mary,... "Why must I take a new name? I have a name, Little Rose." "Your old names are hard to say," she tells it. "Little Rose is not hard to say." "They tie you to your savage past." "My past is not savage," I told her. "You are Sioux. Your people killed Custer." My under-where is itching me all this time. I feel silly in my citizens' clothes. I trip on the skirts when I walk. I am angry.... Then Mrs. Camp Bell told me not to be dis-re-spect-ful. And to pick a name. So I did, for Mrs. Camp Bell. So now I am Nannie Little Rose. And now I am here. And I have learned to wear this citizens' clothes and write their words. But I will never forget my past."
- Main article: List of My Heart Is on the Ground characters
- Main article: Ann Rinaldi
- Indian Paintbrush Book Award (2001) - nominated
- "I would like to thank the librarians and staff of the Archives Branch of the U.S. Army Military History Institute at Carlisle Barracks, Carlisle Pennsylvania, for their help and cooperations, as well as the authors of the many factual historical works I used to study the Carlisle Indian School and the Lakota Sioux Indians. Particularly valuable sources were Sister to the Sioux: The Memoirs of Elaine Goodale Eastman; Waterlily by Ella Cara Deloria; and Lakota Belief and Ritual by James R. Walker. Thank you, also to Genevieve Bell, Ph.D., Department of Anthropology, Stanford University, for fact-checking the manuscript, and to my editor at Scholastic, Tracy Mack, for her support and understanding."
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