The hope is for non-Native students to learn about a history and culture that has deep roots in our state, and for Native students to feel authentically represented.
A thorough research study of K-12 education in Minnesota drives home the need to develop appropriate, and timely, education materials for use in classrooms and at programs to help educators gain knowledge necessary to teach about Native Americans.
A new report commissioned by the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) found that most K-12 Minnesota teachers don’t have the confidence or tools needed to teach about Native Americans — and that the resources available vary widely in quality.
Minnesotans across the political spectrum want to see an expanded curriculum on Native American culture, history and tribal government. That’s according to a survey conducted by the Understand Native Minnesota campaign.
A survey commissioned by the by the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, based in Prior, Minn., shows supermajorities in all demographic groups in the state of Minnesota support increasing education about tribes and Indigenous people in the state’s public schools.
Panel topics will include the tribe’s “Understand Native Minnesota” campaign, which seeks to improve curriculum about Native Americans in Minnesota schools, and information on such environmental topics as prairie burns.
“I have to say, I never thought I would host a podcast, but I think I speak for most tribal leaders and probably all Native people when I say we spend a lot of time educating people about who we are and why things are the way they are. And…
The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC)’s Understand Native Minnesota campaign launched a new podcast series today, entitled Native Minnesota with Rebecca Crooks-Stratton. Hosted by SMSC Secretary/Treasurer Rebecca Crooks-Stratton, the series features conversations with thought leaders and changemakers in Minnesota and across Indian Country.
It’s a campaign to provide greater understanding of Native American history, culture, and modern tribal governments into Minnesota’s education system, Rebecca Crooks-Stratton explains.
This episode explores work being done towards authentically and accurately representing Native people, communities, and our stories. Rebecca Crooks-Stratton (Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community) is the Secretary/Treasurer of her tribe, and now she leads “Understand Native Minnesota,” an ambitious campaign to support Native American narrative change in Minnesota’s K-12 education system, as a way to raise awareness and constructively overcome misunderstandings and misperceptions.