“Perils of Indigenous People’s Day”

From the San Francisco Chronicle.

An excerpt:

So when Penn State social studies Professor Sarah Shear examined state history standards around the country in 2014, she found that 87 percent of references to Native Americans in the standards addressed their history before 1900. And not a single state included content about present-day native peoples.

When Shear asked her undergraduate students what they knew about Native Americans, unsurprisingly, they referred only to the woes that native peoples had endured. “They were coming to college believing that all Indians are dead,” Shear noted.

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3 Responses to “Perils of Indigenous People’s Day”

  1. Pingback: “Perils of Indigenous People’s Day” | Looking Back Woman-Suzanne Dupree blog

  2. I am not surprised.
    I remember being told by a grade school teacher during a “Thanksgiving” discussion that all Indians were “dead and gone.” No one ever talked about reservations in history classes.
    Then came AIM and Wounded Knee 1973 straight into the house via the newspapers and television coverage.
    So much for truth and education in America.

  3. John Lemire says:

    Years ago, when my son was in early elementary school, he told some of his classmates that he was Indian and that his Grandpa was born on a reservation in Minnesota. While some thought it was cool, others told him, with youthful certainty, that it couldn’t be, and that all Indians were dead—the Cowboys had killed them all!!

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