How the US stole thousands of Native American Children

1. Reflection Questions

How does learning about the history of forced assimilation make you feel?  

How does this history affirm, complicate, or challenge any assumptions you had about Native communities in the past?

2. Take Action

Learn Locally. California is currently home to 109-111 tribal nations and there are fourteen federally recognized Native American tribes within the Greater Los Angeles County area alone. 

What more would you like to know about the Native communities originally from and/or currently where you live? Where could you go locally to get more of the history, stories and perspectives of Native folks locally? 

You can start by checking out UCLA’s Mapping Indigenous LA website that connects digital storytelling and oral history from community leaders, youth and elders to honor the realities of indigenous communities throughout the city. 

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3. Healing + Resilience

Get Together. Whether you’re learning about this for the first time or you’ve already known about this challenging history, it’s hard to hold it all alone. When big questions or emotions come up, talk about what you’re feeling with friends, family or teachers. It’s important to decompress, ask questions, and express your opinions with people you can trust.

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