Native children were beaten for speaking their own Native languages and abuse was rampant.
Just a few weeks ago, a young Native woman in North Dakota who was eight months pregnant went missing and her remains were later discovered in a nearby river.
It’s more than a last-minute bullet point on your resume or Wikipedia page to qualify you for a role you wouldn’t otherwise receive.
Incidentally, claiming Native ancestry without proof makes one a fraud. These are some of the topics that my wife (Summer Tiger) and I speak about on a daily basis.
“There are many Native stories that are not being told.
We are so much more than stories of poverty, or hapless victims who must be rescued by a white savior,” states Ruth Hopkins (Dakota/Lakota), a tribal attorney, activist and Native writer.