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Equating Geronimo with Osama bin Laden
Why did the U.S. military use the code phrase "Geronimo EKIA" when reporting that Osama bin Laden had become an "Enemy Killed In Action," and what are the consequences of equating a legendary Apache leader with a terrorist? Why are there U.S. helicopters named Apache, Commanche, and Blackhawk, and missiles named Tomahawk? This segment of Democracy Now! explores these questions with Winona LaDuke, author of The Militarization of Indian Country.
The Canary Effect: Reassessing the "Discovery" of America
Bastard Fairy Films
This excerpt from The Canary Effect debunks several myths concerning Christopher Columbus's "discovery" of America. The video also describes what happened after Columbus's second voyage to the Americas, when Spanish soldiers tortured Native people and burned them at the stake in an effort to obtain gold.
A Vintage Christopher Columbus Cartoon
This 1960 children's cartoon teaches that "a mapmaker named Christopher Columbus had an idea" that the earth was round rather than flat (in reality, Greek mathematician Pythagoras had reached this conclusion by the 6th Century BC). In addition to valorizing Christopher Columbus, the cartoon relies heavily on racial stereotypes of Native people.
Hollywood Stereotypes of Native Americans
Starz! Encore Entertainment
Movies, television programs, and cartoons often stereotype Native Americans as bloodthirsty savages, stoic chiefs, wise medicine men, or submissive Indian princesses. In this video clip, experts discuss the causes and consequences of these racial stereotypes.
A Former Student Discusses Indian Boarding Schools
Rich-Heape Films, Inc.
In this clip, Andrew Windyboy recounts how he was forced to attend Indian boarding schools as a child growing up in the Dakotas. While at these schools, his hair was cut off and he was beaten if he tried to speak his native language instead of English. As he explains in the video, however, "We have to have our own language, because... when we talk to our spirits, they don't understand English."
Canada Apologizes for Indian Residential Schools
Cable Public Affairs Channel
This clip shows Canadian ministers formally apologizing for "a sad chapter in our history" in which indigenous children "were often forcibly removed from their homes" and suffered "emotional, physical, and sexual abuse" in Indian residential schools. Following these apologies, Native leaders declare that the event "signifies a new dawn" that will help "mark the end of this dark period."
Indian Healthcare: A Native Perspective
Rich-Heape Films, Inc.
This video examines the poor quality of Native American health and healthcare. As Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell points out, the U.S. government spends more money per person on healthcare for convicted murderers than for Native Americans, even though the U.S. government is legally obligated to provide healthcare for Native Americans.
"More Than That": Moving Beyond Native American Stereotypes
Todd County High School
Produced by Lakota students on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation, this video vividly shows that Native Americans are more than stereotypes. Displaying words written on their bodies -- "individuality," "personality," "humor," "passion" -- the video moves beyond media images of Indians as poor, powerless, uneducated victims. For a National Public Radio story on the video, visit:
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