"Invisible in my own land"

Jul 9, 2021 | Kanaaz Pereira, Connect Moderator | @kanaazpereira

Native Americans are often “invisible,” constantly pushed back into obscurity by society. Though Native Americans are subjected to direct and indirect injustices, their struggles often remain invisible.

Most people in the United States know little or hold misguided stereotypes about Native Americans, thanks to dubious information provided by news media.

  • 80% of Americans know little to nothing about Native peoples.
  • 66% don't think Native Americans face discrimination.
  • 87% of state history school standards don't mention Native American history past 1900.

In a conversation with Govinda Budrow, Ojibwe educator; Vanessa Goodthunder, director of a Dakota language immersion program; and Carly Bad Heart Bull, attorney and executive director of Native Ways Federation, Inc. – three Native American women powerhouses, who are making a difference to support Native communities – Guthrie Capossela explores how to create positive messages around historical and contemporary Native experiences.

Original broadcast in EverybodyIN on Video Exchange.

For more information on Mayo Clinic's research in developing engagement strategies specifically focused on Native American populations, please visit the Center for Health Equity and Community Engagement Research. 



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