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MT. PLEASANT, MICHIGAN - The Saginaw Chippewa Tribe and Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture & Lifeways released “American Indian Boarding Schools: An Exploration of Global Ethnic & Cultural Cleansing” curriculum guide on Thursday.
For 8th Grade
The guide is written for 8th grade students. The guide was made possible through a grant from Sappi Fine Paper North America’s “Ideas that Matter” program. The grant was awarded to Jennifer L. Jones, cultural arts specialist at the Ziibiwing Center.
“Eighth grade is the perfect age to introduce this curricula as children are forming their values, self-identity, perspectives of others, and personal acceptance from others. I firmly believe that it is not acceptable to negatively influence/impact individuals solely based on their ethnicity & cultural differences. I am very honored to have received this grant and hope to inspire others to donate their time and creativity for social good,” said Jennifer L. Jones.
The well-documented impact of the board school policy caused an unprecedented level of destruction of American Indian languages, cultures, relationships, and families.
Focusing on the motivation that catalyzed American Indian boarding schools, the guide will facilitate scholarship on the topics of historical trauma, cultural and language revitalization and global responsibility.
“You will be introduced to a topic most worthy of study - the history of the Native American boarding school experience in the United States. This is one of the most painful and difficult chapters in our collective history as Indigenous people. It remains a largely ignored area of study in secondary school classrooms across the country. This curriculum guide is an important step forward in ending the silences regarding this devastating period in Native American history,” writes Amy Lonetree (Ho-Chunk), assistant professor of American Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz, in the guide’s introduction.
To see the “American Indian Boarding Schools: An Exploration of Global Ethnic & Cultural Cleansing” curriculum guide Click Here »
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