“Indigenous children were taken from their homes, mouths washed out with soap for speaking their language, and buried in graves during the boarding school era. That is the legacy of education for Native students in this country– forced assimilation, indoctrination, and erasure. Now, Governor Noem wants to virtually erase us from history books. Kristi Noem is a racist, irresponsible leader. She’s a disgrace to this entire democracy and her actions are absolute violence against Indigenous people. This country needs courageous leadership leaning into transformative change, not leaders who impede human progress and perpetuate outdated white supremacist constructs.” – Nick Tilsen, NDN Collective President and CEO “Indigenous students have been the most marginalized demographics in the public education system from the beginning. This is reflected in the achievement gap, the low graduation rates and many other statistics. More importantly, many Indigenous students do not feel a sense of belonging in public schools. Students need to know who they are, where they come from, and see themselves in what they are learning. In educational environments where this occurs, they flourish. Non-Indigenous students also gain a new perspective when they see things from other viewpoints. These changes to the social studies curriculum take us backwards. They are politically based and not in the best interest of our children.” – Mary Bowman, NISN Fellow “The elimination of some of the inquiry-based standards and continued focus on patriotism and ‘American’ values does not create the optimal conditions for critical thinking. It places young people in a position of absorbing information from textbooks based on one perspective and their own lived experiences, then having to figure out where the truth is. Our young people are more than capable of learning accurate historical and current information and forming their own opinions. By whitewashing the social studies curriculum, we deprive all of our children of the opportunity and continue down a path of destructive indoctrination.” – Amy Sazue, NDN Collective Education Equity Organizer NDN Collective joins the South Dakota Education Equity Coalition’s call for public comment on the blatant erasure of Oceti Sakowin history in South Dakota’s newly proposed social studies standards, and encourages supporters to call elected officials, the Secretary of Education, and their local school districts to advocate against this erasure. NDN Collective also calls for ongoing justice surrounding the protection and continued implementation of Indigneous history in educational curricula across the United States.
“Governor Noem wants to virtually erase us from history books. Kristi Noem is a racist, irresponsible leader. She’s a disgrace to this entire democracy and her actions are absolute violence against Indigenous people.” @NickTilsen, NDN President & CEO https://t.co/s2MoKqtsoY— NDN Collective (@ndncollective) August 11, 2021
NDN Collective is an Indigenous-led organization dedicated to building Indigenous power. Through organizing, activism, philanthropy, grantmaking, capacity-building, and narrative change, we are creating sustainable solutions on Indigenous terms.
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