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Native America Calling: Setbacks for basic respect
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Monday, March 28, 2022

Setbacks for basic respect
A series of troubling incidents around the country appear to harken to a time of unchecked discrimination, racism and basic disregard for Native people.

A South Dakota hotel owner publicly announces a ban on all Native Americans. Students at an Oklahoma school forcibly cut off a Kickapoo first grader’s hair.

And a Texas high school doubles down on fake headdresses and other made-up imagery to bolster its “Cherokee values” brand. How, after all the media interviews, op-eds, awareness campaigns and personal pleas for change, can such ignorance of fundamental respect keep surfacing in 2022?

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