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Native American Heritage Month Spotlight: Reclaiming Culture
November 16, 2020
By Beatrice Alvarez
Native American Heritage Month is a time to celebrate contributions and acknowledge the history of this land's Indigenous people. Unfortunately, our history has many dark episodes as it pertains to how the U.S. government treated Native communities. This week's deep dive is into the Indian Boarding School system and state-sponsored Indigenous child removal that threatened to erase traditions, language, and Native American identities. Painful truths must be faced in order to find ways for Indigenous communities to reclaim their cultural ties. These films explore what happened in the past as well as the reconciliation efforts made since.