Monday, October 6, 2014 – Indigenous Peoples Day

This month, Minneapolis, Minnesota will celebrate their first Indigenous Peoples Day. Other cities across the nation will also celebrate the day with pride and honor. The move to rename Columbus Day as Indigenous Peoples Day, or Native American Day, started in the late 1970s. Since then, many use this day to honor Indigenous peoples and cultures. Today, we’ll take a look at this holiday and why some feel this is a better way to spend the day. We know there are a lot of events planned for October 13. That’s why we’re giving you the airwaves a week early! Join us and tell us what it means to you to celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day.


Tuesday, October 7, 2014 – Current Events

It’s time for another round of current events! There’s a lot going in this month in Native America. The annual Native America Connections Parade is happening in Phoenix and the National Indian Education Association (NIEA) will hold its annual conference in Anchorage, Alaska. You can join us and share information about events, gatherings and trainings that will take place during the month of October.


Wednesday, October 8, 2014 – History Curriculum Fights

Last week students in Colorado walked out of class to protest proposed changes in their district’s history curriculum. A nine-member panel of the Jefferson County School board reviewed the Advanced Placement History curriculum and suggests changes, such as “materials should promote citizenship, patriotism, essentials and benefits of the free enterprise system, respect for authority and respect for individual rights.” This isn’t the only case of controversy of history curriculum. In 2010, controversial changes in the social studies curriculum was approved in Texas. Where does teaching about Native American history fit into proposed curriculum changes across the US? What would you like to see in history classes teach today? Should history classes be the same across the US?


Thursday, October 9, 2014 – Stereotyping Aztlán and Beyond

You may or may not be surprised at the things Indigenous people with Mayan, Aztec and other Indigenous roots from Mexico, Central and South America have to tolerate when it comes to stereotyping. Much like the beads and feather complex people seem to have when they stereotype Natives from the U.S., these Indigenous communities, which also includes Natives from the Caribbean, often deal with misconceptions about their heritage and culture. As the stores start to fill up with Native-themed costumes and accessories for Halloween, we take a look at what Indigenous nations south of the U.S. have to say about stereotypes. Can education change how people treat them and their culture? What kinds of questionable cultural appropriations from these Indigenous populations also need to be called out, analyzed or stopped?


Friday, October 10, 2014 – Adoption of Native Children 

Last month, the Alaska State Supreme Court ruled that non-Native parents could adopt an Alaska Native child from the village of Tununak. Advocates for Alaska Native communities expressed concern that this ruling may set a precedent for courts to disregard the Indian Child Welfare Act, or ICWA, which requires Native preference in the adoption of Native American children. How does this new ruling fit in with last year’s historic Supreme Court ruling in the case Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl? Do you think the future of ICWA is at risk? Join us as we talk with experts about improvements and setbacks in the Indian child welfare system.

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