Monday, October 8, 2012
Indigenous Urge Celebration of Native Culture & Teaching of the Americas’ Genocide
As the nation commemorates the arrival of Christopher Columbus to the so-called "New World" in 1492, indigenous activists at
College in Durango,
Colorado, are pushing for schools to teach the
"real history of the Americas"
and to celebrate indigenous culture. "Columbus Day" has long evoked
sadness and anger amongst people of color, especially Native Americans, who
object to honoring a man who opened the door to European colonization, the
exploitation of native peoples, and the slave trade. We’re joined by three
guests involved with the "Real History of the Americas" day: Esther
Belin, a writing instructor at Fort Lewis College and a member of the Navajo
Nation; Shirena Trujillo Long, coordinator of El Centro de Muchos Colores at
Fort Lewis College and chair of the the Real History of the Americas Committee;
and student activist Noel Altaha, a member of the White Mountain Apache Tribe
and Fort Lewis College senior.