By Matthew L. M. Fletcher
The USA Indian tradition and traditions have survived an strange quantity of oppressive federal and kingdom academic rules meant to assimilate Indian humans and ruin their cultures and languages. but, Indian tradition, traditions, and folks frequently stay taken care of as items within the lecture room and within the curriculum. utilizing a severe race conception framework and a special "counternarrative" method, American Indian schooling explores a number of recent academic concerns dealing with American Indian peoples—from the impression of Indian activities mascots on scholars and groups, to the makes use of and abuses of legislation that regularly by no means achieve a court docket, and the intergenerational affects of yankee Indian schooling coverage on Indian little ones this present day. through interweaving empirical examine with available composite narratives, Matthew Fletcher breaches the distance among good academic coverage and the on-the-ground truth of Indian scholars, highlighting the demanding situations confronted by way of American Indian scholars and paving the best way for a decent dialogue approximately strategies.
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We had no choice. They would have killed us all if we didn’t. Killed us or make us move far, far away—maybe to Kansas or Oklahoma like the other Ottawas. But the white settlers didn’t care about the treaty. We were just in their way. There were a few good federal agents, but usually they were no good at all. 26 But the bad federal agents lied to us and told us to follow the treaty and shut up. 27 When the treaty said one thing, the federal government would say it means another thing. 29 They used to say that the 1836 treaty was the end of us,30 but we’re still here.
Niko wanted to know why the Indians didn’t ﬁght back. Signing the treaties seemed like a very bad idea to him. ” Gramma laughed. “Maybe we should ask ourselves that all the time. The federal government gave us thirteen cents for every acre we sold to them in the treaties. It wasn’t a good deal. But we did it because we had no choice. Plus, I suppose some of the ogemas probably thought we would be safe, that the feds would actually protect us from the white settlers. ” Niko laughed, but it was a bitter Indian humor kind of laugh, probably the ﬁrst time in his young life he would ever laugh like that but it wouldn’t be the last.
Parker remembered her own mother marking up every single page of a 300-page tome on American Indian history she had checked out of the school library in third grade.