by Michel Martin
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Andrew Jackson's Speech to Congress on 'Indian Removal'
- President Andrew Jackson
Andrew Jackson (1767-1845) was the seventh president of the United States. In this speech he discusses the “Indian Removal Act,” which relocated native tribes to what is now Oklahoma—but not without great loss of life by those forcibly removed, on what is now known as “The Trail of Tears.”Pair “Andrew Jacksons Speech to Congress on ‘Indian Removal’” with “UN Explores Native American Rights in US” to provide students with additional information regarding the government’s views and treatment of indigenous people in the past. How does the government’s relationship to indigenous people in the United States today compare to that of the past? How can the relationship be further improved?
Behind The Native American Achievement Gap
- Celeste Headlee
In “Behind the Native American Achievement Gap,” Celeste Headlee interviews Anton Treuer, a professor of Ojibwe History and Language, about the education of Native Americans.Pair “Behind the Native American Achievement Gap” with “UN Explores Native American Rights in US” and ask students to discuss how Native Americans’ academic performance is related to S. James Anaya’s report. How are Native American students' performances in school affected by their access to certain rights?
Life on Reservations
- Jessica McBirney
In “Life on Reservations,” Jessica McBirney discusses the history of reservations, as well Native American’s quality of life living on them today.Pair “UN Explores Native American Rights in U.S.” with “Life on Reservations” to provide students with additional information regarding the current quality of life Native Americans experience on reservations. How do the observations outlined in S. James Anaya’s report on Native Americans’ quality of life compare to the contents of Jessica McBirney’s article?
The Director of the Indian Museum Says It’s Time to Retire the Indian Motif in Sports
- Leah Binkovitz
In “The Director of the Indian Museum Says It’s time to Retire the Indian Motif in Sports,” Smithsonian Magazine talks to Kevin Gover about the use of Native Americans motifs in sports.Pair “UN Explores Native American Rights in U.S.” with “The Director of the Indian Museum Says It’s Time to Retire the Indian Motif in Sports” and ask students to discuss how injustice against Native Americans continues today. While some might believe that the United States is removed enough from its violent history with Native Americans to use certain motifs in sports, how does “UN Explores Native American Rights in U.S.” reject this claim?
Universal Declaration of Human Rights
- United Nations General Assembly
In the “Universal Declaration of Human Rights,” the United Nations outlines the universal human rights that should be ensured for all people.Pair “UN Explores Native American Rights in the U.S.” with “Universal Declaration of Human Rights” to provide students with an example of a potential human rights violation taking place in the United States. Why does the United Nations believe that Native Americans are facing human rights violations? How could the United States help better protect the human rights of Native Americans?