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In September, on “The Laura Ingraham Show,” Republican presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Rand Paul said, “I think assimilation is an amazing thing. A good example of how even in our country, assimilation didn’t happen, and it’s been a disaster for the people, has been the Native American population on the reservations. If they were assimilated within a decade they’d probably be doing as well as the rest of us.” Do you agree or disagree with what Sen. Paul said? Is the discussion about assimilation more complex than Native Americans choosing to cast aside traditional culture and beliefs to join the dominate society? What does it mean to you to assimilate?
Dr. Brenda Child (Red Lake Ojibwe) – historian and professor of American Studies at the University of Minnesota
Simon Moya-Smith (Oglala Lakota) – culture editor for Indian Country Today Media Network
Break Music: Urban Crow Dance (Of The Bird Kind) (song) Joy Harjo (artist)Red Dreams, A Trail Beyond Tears (album)