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What We and Our Children Should Know about “First Nations” People: A Conversation with the Director of the Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center

With Thanksgiving approaching we see classic images of early settlers sharing meals with Native Americans who were here long before. But what do we really know about the lives and culture of indigenous people? What are the traditions that sustain them, and what challenges do they face today that may still be a legacy of our shared history? Susan Koepplinger, executive director of the American Indian Women’s Resource Center, joins Marti & Erin for a discussion of ways you and your family can learn about and celebrate native cultures. And, drawing on a recent report on sexual trafficking and violence against women (with American Indian women particularly vulnerable to such harm), Susan also provides shocking information that should serve as a call to action to all of us.

 

What do you and your children know about native people in your part of the state or country? Why is this important for your children’s understanding of history and today’s society? Share your thoughts in our REPLY space below!

 

For indigenous resources and education from the University of Minnesota, click here.

For The Circle, click here.

For the Minnesota Runaway Intervention Program, click here.

For the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, click here.

For the benefit-cost analysis report for early intervention, click here.

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