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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

More than that...Native American kids speak out

More than that...Native American kids speak out

It gets worse.  In a recent study  done by a professor at Pennsylvania State University, it was found that most Americans believe that Native Americans are either assimilated, or extinct.

He conducted an extensive study of the way Native Americans and Native American issues were framed by the "big three" television networks — ABC, CBS and NBC — between 1990 and 1999. He said that during that timeframe the three networks produced 175,889 news reports. Of those, a combined total of 98 reports were about Native Americans or Native American issues.

Sanchez said the majority of those stories were framed by stereotypical 18th century imagery, such as Native Americans in buckskin clothing riding horses and wearing traditional headdresses.

"Why is that important? Because it makes people believe American Indians haven't progressed," Sanchez said.

Sanchez said the least common type of story were those representing 21st century Native Americans in a positive light." [emphasis mine].