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Last year on Columbus Day, or Indigenous Peoples Day to some, Shane Creepingbear had his Facebook account shut down. The reason given was his name was not “authentic.” Facebook has reinstated his account but Creepingbear is not alone. Other Native Americans have come forward with stories of their accounts being shut down. While having a Facebook account shut down might seem like a minor issue, some are asking if this is a symbol of general disregard for Native America. How visible is Native America to the rest of the country? With the exception of the mascot issue, Native American issues rarely make national headlines. There are no Native American actors in leading roles on prime time television right now. And only two members of Congress are Native. Is Native America invisible to the rest of the US? How can we make ourselves more visible?
Shane Creepingbear (Kiowa) – assistant director of admissions, Antioch College
Karen Lincoln Michel (Ho-Chunk)- journalist
Rhonda LeValdo (Acoma Pueblo)- faculty at Haskell Indian Nations University
Break Music: The Road (feat. Black Bear) (song) A Tribe Called Red (artist) Nation II Nation (album)