2) Smithsonian Mag: Indigenous Peoples’ Day: Educators rethink American history


This past Monday was Indigenous Peoples’ Day, recognizing that Native people are the first inhabitants of the Americas, including the lands that later became the U.S. As we know by now, our history books were whitewashed and as children we were taught that Columbus "discovered the New World" and civilized the locals, when in reality he decimated millions of Native people and forced survivors into assimilation. This is why today universities and schools around the country are reconsidering "Columbus Day" and teaching students the truth. Here's another piece to read if you want to learn more this history and about “Taíno: Native Heritage and Identity in the Caribbean,” a new exhibition co-produced by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian and the Smithsonian Latino Center.


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