Georges Erasmus, an Aboriginal leader from Canada, said, “Where common memory is lacking, where people do not share in the same past, there can be no real community. Where community is to be formed, common memory must be created.”
If the United States wants to find a path of healing, the road toward reconciliation will not begin with new laws but with an accurate portrayal of our history. If we want a real community in this nation, we must start with creating a shared memory.
There are 574 federally recognized indigenous nations within the boundaries of the United States. They have their own governments, jurisdictions, and economies with treaty rights and responsibilities in their historical territories.
Most students in the United States don’t know much about these nations, and this must change.
We ask you to support that your state works with Native Nations to develop a curriculum of real indigenous history. Students must be taught about treaties, land rights, water rights, and the fact that tribes are still fighting to be recognized and respected.