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Opinion: Native American history should be in school textbooks





Thom Hartmann argues for the inclusion of Native American history in school textbooks:
The true history of Native Americans is also often overlooked, if not ignored, in our nation’s classrooms.

While our nation’s children may learn the names of the most popular tribes in America, and be given a cursory overview of their cultures, mention of the Native American genocide that was perpetrate by our nation is pretty much non-existent.

While some Native American tribes were settled on reservations, others were hunted down and massacred by 19th century American settlers.

America’s actions against the Native American people were so egregious and deplorable that in September of 2000, when the head of the Bureau of Indian Affairs formally apologized to the Native American people for years of misery, oppression and violence, the term “ethnic cleansing” was used.

When Columbus “discovered” America, he “discovered” a country that was already fully occupied.

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Thom Hartmann: Black and Native American History, Not Creationism, Should Be in Textbooks (Indian Country Today 9/1)