This is the time of year when teachers dust off their Native American curriculum on history and culture. Classroom activities for younger students might include model tipis or wigwams. Older students might be required to argue the pros and cons of European colonization. Educational units on Native Americans continue to evolve, but there remain relics that resort to construction paper headdresses. We’ll talk with Native educators about how teachers can utilize more inclusive and accurate lessons.
Dr. Susan Faircloth (Coharie) – professor and director of the School of Education at Colorado State University
Byron Ninham (Oneida/Ojibwe) – assistant principal of the Nay Ah Shing School
Jennifer Knickerbocker (White Earth Nation) – director of foundation relations at Antioch College
Break 1 music: Niizh Straight (song) Niizhoo Sullivan (artist) Rez Kid Rhythm (album)
Break 2 music: Way Ya Hey Ya (song) Dawa (artist) A Joyful Defiant Tone (album)
Full interview with Clintonville Superintendent David Dyb