One Story (Ngot Yajmowen) is a grassroots, community-based program designed to build awareness of contemporary issues. One Story partners currently include the Pokagon Band, Dowagiac Area History Museum, Dowagiac District Library, Dowagiac Dogwood Fine Arts Festival Committee, Dowagiac Union Schools, and Southwestern Michigan College.
The One Story 2015 book selection is the National Book Award winner, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie. Alexie is a Spokane/Coeur d'Alene Indian who grew up in Wellpinit, Washington on the Spokane Indian Reservation. The novel is based on Alexie’s own experiences and utilizes words and pictures to tell the story of a young Indian boy who leaves his school on the reservation to attend an all-white school.
The One Story 2015 events will be based on various themes explored in Alexie’s semi-autobiographical book. The schedule of events will be finalized and announced this month.