“From Connecticut to Alaska and Oregon to Alabama, over half the states have Native American names, while Chicago, Milwaukee, Cheyenne, Seattle, and Miami are among the cities with Indian identifiers. Numerous rivers, including the Missouri, Mississippi, Arkansas, Ohio and Chattahoochee, have Indian origins.”
–Mass. students miss out on Native American history,
Pioneer Institute op-ed, 2012
In Pioneer’s ongoing series of blogs here, on curricular resources for parents, families, and teachers during COVID-19, this one focuses on:
Introducing K-12 schoolchildren to Native Americans in U.S. history.
“Let us put our minds together and see what life we can make for our children,” said Sitting Bull, the Hunkpapa Lakota holy man and leader. Today, because too many K-12 social studies classes have been turned into unreflective social activism and political cheerleading sessions that brush aside background knowledge and the required historical understanding necessary for informed citizenship, topics like Native Americans’ role in U.S. history are virtually ignored. Oftentimes, American students live in states, cities, towns, or near mountains and rivers with Native American names, without the slightest appreciation for who these tribes, or peoples even were. So, we’re offering a variety of resources to help parents, teachers, and schoolchildren, including: