Our Greatest Challenge with Charles Moran

“Learn About” Questions What are some of the reasons that Native Identity has been difficult to keep? What might it mean to hit this challenge “head on”? “Learn From” Questions Are there parts of my identity that I find difficult to share with others?  Why? How might my life be different if I chose to…

Language is Everything with Charles Moran

“Learn About” Questions What does Charles mean when he says, “Language is everything”? What is impacted by the loss of language? How does it change the meaning if songs cannot be sung in native language and prayers can’t be said in native language? How does language help individuals to live holistic lives? “Learn From” Questions…

Elders in the Community with Charles Moran

“Learn About” Questions What role do culture and language instructors play in communities? When do individuals become elders in their communities? What defines an elder? How does being and elder and knowing the language and culture help others? “Learn From” Questions Who is someone in my life who knows about my own culture and background?…

Moccasins for Shoes with Charles Moran

“Learn About” Questions What causes new teachers to come to communities on reservations and leave quickly? How does this turn-over of teachers impact students? Families? Communities? Why was Charles’ grandmother not allowed to stay at school? Are there current rules in education that prohibit some or make it more difficult for some to receive an…

AMH Enrollment with Charles Moran

“Learn About” Questions Prior to the Indian Relocation Act, how many Arikara, Hidatsa and Mandan people live in North Dakota? How many enrolled members are in the AMH tribes today? Why are numbers used for enrollment? What does a “U” in the number mean? What outside influences are present in tribal communities today? How do…

Boarding Schools & Assimilation with Charles Moran

“Learn About” Questions What are boarding schools? Who developed them?  Why were they used? Who is Captain Pratt? What role does Carlisle Boarding School play in history? How did Captain Pratt’s quote, “Kill the Indian, save the man” impact how boarding schools were run? At what age did most children leave to attend boarding schools?…

Fort Days with Charles Moran

“Learn About” Questions What years were known as the “Fort Days?” Why were ceremonies abolished at this time? What threat did they pose? Why was the assimilation of Native people seen as so important at this time? What role did the “Indian Commissioner” play on each reservation? Where did their instructions come from? When was…

It Was a Governmental Thing with Charles Moran

“Learn About” Questions What does it mean to say that “Children are being educated to be Americans?” How does it impact communities on the reservations? How does education change fighting from weapons to words and paper? What is the impact? What treaties have impacted native communities on Fort Berthold? What are some examples of broken…