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Why Fall Sucks for Native Americans

A few days ago I had a conversation with my son’s first grade teacher. I’ve had this same conversation every year for 5 years now—through daycare, preschool and, now, elementary school; all here in Iowa City. This conversation, usually held in September, is my attempt to shelter him from settler mythologies about Native Americans. These mythologies grounded in certain holidays and classroom history books are an attempt to hide the unpleasant truths about this country’s past, an attempt to whitewash history. Thus, the conversation I have every year with my son’s teachers is a direct attempt at making sure they rethink what they’ve been taught and what they intend to pass on. There are three “

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