The narrative change initiative was introduced by it’s campaign leader and SMSC’s Secretary/Treasurer Rebecca Crooks-Stratton during the 35th annual Minnesota Indian Education Association (MIEA) Conference on Thursday November 14, 2019.
The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) announced the launch of Understand Native Minnesota, a $5 million, three-year strategic initiative and philanthropic campaign to improve the Native American narrative in Minnesota schools.
Minnesota schools can do a better job of teaching about Native Americans’ history and present, the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community said this month. It’s putting $5 million and three years into a statewide effort to help that happen with more and better class plans, classroom resources and training and professional development for teachers and administrators.
“I don’t think there’s a single tribe undertaking an initiative like this,” Crooks-Stratton said. “We’re hoping we can move the needle in the narrative in Minnesota and be a model.”