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Open thread for night owls: 10 things teachers shouldn’t and should do when teaching Native youth

Article posted September 26, 2017 at 3:01 AM

By (Meteor Blades)


Sarah Sunshine Manning is a Shoshoni-Paiute writer. Recently, at the now shuttered Indian Country Media Network, she wrote —10 More Things Teachers Should Never Do When Educating Native Youth:

American Indian and Alaska Native students remain a very special and uniquely vulnerable population, often suffering from educational experiences that either fail to serve them adequately or that cause them to feel alienated, invisible, or unsupported. Teachers who serve Native youth must be cognizant of the unique needs of indigenous students, and their communities. Teachers who serve Native youth must also be willing to examine their preconceived notions of Native Americans, and then make the necessary adjustments in order to give Native youth a meaningful education that they deserve and need.

To best serve Native youth, here are some more important dos and don’ts for educators:

1. DON’T ever overlook students’ indigenous identity, or attempt to see them through a “colorblind” lens […]

2. DON’T speak of Native Americans as a people of the past

Popular American culture has continuously portrayed Native Americans as a people of the past. Textbooks contribute to this problem. Speaking of Native Americans in the past tense maintains harmful stereotypes and makes Native youth feel invisible and unimportant.

DO teach regularly about modern Native American people. When teaching social studies, make sure to include Native American experiences regularly, as they have been present in all eras of history, evolving and changing like all other people.

3. DON’T teach stereotypical lessons like Thanksgiving

In case you missed it, teaching songs like Ten Little Indians, or organizing Thanksgiving plays, is not only dehumanizing, but reinforces misinformation about Native American people. […]

4. DON’T use stereotypical language to describe Native Americans or Native American culture […]

DO learn appropriate terminology and tribal-specific language. Be open to deconstructing what you thought appropriate terms were, and prepare abandon words you may have become accustomed to using.

5. DON’T deny or minimize indigenous genocide […]

DO acknowledge indigenous tragedies throughout history, and teach about them responsibly, and with sensitivity. Learn about the tribes in your area and their history of struggle and survival.

6. DON’T dismiss Native students’ emotions as they relate to history, racism or controversial issues […]

7. DON’T ask Native American students to speak for their race

Do not ask Native students, “What do Native Americans think?” or “You’re Native American. What do you think?” This puts them on the spot, and puts undue pressure on them to have all the answers for all Native American people, which is impossible.

DO give students the option to express their thoughts when comfortable. If they are a minority among a majority of non-Native students in the classroom, consider talking to them one-on-one a day or so beforehand about certain lessons, and ask if they’d like to contribute something.

8. DON’T assume that they aren’t Native American based on their name, or physical appearance

Many Native American students today are of multiple ethnic identities. Just because they are mixed with another race, don’t assume that they identify solely with the group they bear the most physical traits of. Regardless of what they look like, do not ever make them feel any less Native American.

DO recognize that Native Americans, like all other ethnic groups, are extremely diverse.

9. DON’T ever suggest that they should be less of who they are, forget the past, or become more mainstream […]

10. DON’T give up on them

This may seem like a given for any student, but educators of Native youth, especially, must be aware of the dismal statistics of Native American youth, who suffer disproportionately high rates of discipline, suspension, and even expulsion from schools. Native American youth who are suspended from school suffer even greater risks of self-harm, incarceration, and even suicide. Do not lose patience for the most challenging students. They need your time and patience the most.

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“I can train a monkey to wave an American flag. That does not make the monkey patriotic.”
~Scott Ritter, Speech at Mohawk Trail Regional School (Dec. 19. 2003)



Here’s NASCAR showing utmost respect for the American flag:

— Paul Waldman (@paulwaldman1) September 25, 2017


At Daily Kos on this date in 2005A Fair Test:

A lot of pixels have been spilled on the votes and strategy that Democratic Senators cast and employed regarding the Roberts nomination. I think we all agree on one thing, as a practical matter, the voting and and strategy on Roberts was not about stopping Roberts – Dem leadership could not hold their caucus for a filibuster, even if they were so inclined – but about influencing the next nomination, due from Bush in the upcoming week.

My position on why the voting strategy, if it was that, was wrong is here. […]

But Ed Kilgore raises a different possibility:

I think we should all be open to the possibility that Democratic Senators voting for or against Roberts are actually doing so for the reasons they publicly state, just like all us bloggers and activists who have weighed in on the subject in recent days.

I hope Ed is wrong. That would mean that our Dem Senators voting yes really don’t care much about the Supreme Court.


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Hillary Clinton: I’m Not Sure Trump Knows Puerto Ricans Are Americans

Article posted September 26, 2017 at 3:00 AM

“He doesn’t think that has any political relevance and it’s certainly not personally important,” she added.


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‘Star Trek: Discovery’ tries to boldly go where others have been before

Article posted September 26, 2017 at 2:31 AM

By (Doctor RJ)

Some myths endure, and some stories are retold over and over again because they become a part of who we are as a culture. To that end, they can become a reflection of our need to believe tomorrow will be better than today. Because, if it isn’t, then what’s the point? Even at the darkest of times, in the most horrible of places, one of our species’ greatest strengths is some people’s ability to find hope where there is none, and somehow persevere where others would fall.

Out of that is the stuff from which “big damn heroes” are born. From the many come the few (or the one) with great danger to themselves and all they care about will strive with their last ounce of courage “to reach the unreachable star.” Within this is everything we hope we can be. Star Trek has endured for more than a half-century as a collective myth of the future, one in which a more enlightened humanity has moved beyond racism, sexism, and the problems of today to create an interstellar government spread across thousands of light-years.

But like almost all fandoms which have existed for a long time and have a lot of material to argue over, eventually there are debates over what it all means and who is truer than true. J.J. Abrams’ 2009 Star Trek effectively rebooted the franchise, with his series of movies creating an alternate timeline where things are a little different. The film enjoyed both popular and critical success, but there is a contingent of Trek fans which feel the “Kelvin Timeline” of the Abrams film is an abomination and not “real” Star Trek, in keeping with the franchise’s underlying philosophy.

Starring Sonequa Martin-Green (The Walking Dead) and Michelle Yeoh (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), CBS’ Star Trek: Discovery is marketed as being in the “Prime (original) Timeline” and centered around a war between the Klingon Empire and the United Federation of Planets about a decade before Kirk and Spock’s five-year mission aboard the Enterprise. Much of the talk in the run-up to this show’s premiere has been about the mess of what has been going on behind-the-scenes. Discovery was co-created by Bryan Fuller (Hannibal, Pushing Daisies), who pushed for Trek‘s return to television. After a series of disagreements with CBS, Fuller left the production over creative differences, with other influences including Wrath of Khan writer/director Nicholas Meyer coming in and trying to make this work. Couple those misfortunes with a fan backlash, which includes some segments complaining this newest series is feminist SJW Trek because of the presence of two prominent lead characters who are not white or male.

But, in the end, is it a good show? While there are elements to Discovery which make for interesting television, and the first two hours justify staying to see where it goes, one big thing struck me while watching the first two episodes was how much the main character arc, which is central to the plot of the series, feels unoriginal and like plowing the same old dirt.


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Trump Hits Puerto Rico For ‘Broken Infrastructure & Massive Debt’

Article posted September 26, 2017 at 2:26 AM

President claims the island is “doing well” with food, water and medical needs.


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Hillary Clinton Calls Kushner Email Revelations ‘The Height Of Hypocrisy’

Article posted September 26, 2017 at 1:32 AM

Her comments came just hours before reports that at least six Trump officials had used private emails.


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Cowboys, Cardinals Conduct Silent Protests As Controversy Over Trump’s Remarks Continue

Article posted September 26, 2017 at 1:15 AM

But in a twist, the Dallas Cowboys and owner chose to kneel before the national anthem played during the NFL’s “Monday Night Football.”


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‘Millions’ Fewer With Health Insurance Under GOP Bill, CBO Says

Article posted September 26, 2017 at 12:33 AM

But Senate Republicans are changing their bill so much, the CBO can’t tell exactly how many millions.


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Europe Considering Blocking Iran Sanctions If US Leaves Nuclear Deal, EU Ambassador Says

Article posted September 25, 2017 at 11:10 PM

Eyeing an Oct. 15 deadline, European diplomats are lobbying the Trump administration to stay in the Iran deal.


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Trump Says Russians Didn’t Help Him Win. His Intelligence Agencies Say Yes They Did.

Article posted September 25, 2017 at 10:55 PM

Lost in the president’s attacks on pro football are his most far-reaching denials yet about Russian involvement in his election


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Susan Collins Comes Out Against Obamacare Repeal Bill

Article posted September 25, 2017 at 10:34 PM

The senator from Maine could be the lethal third GOP vote against the health care repeal measure.


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