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Dispelling Common Myths About Native Americans

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Wiyake Eagleman of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe participates during a rally on Dakota Access Pipeline August 24, 2016 outside U.S. District Court in Washington, DC.  (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Last week 2,000 protesters of the Dakota Access Pipeline shared a Thanksgiving feast at the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota. As those protesters draw world wide attention to Native American rights and issues, Forum talks with the authors of “All the Real Indians Died Off and 20 Other Myths About Native Americans.” The authors address fictions such as “Thanksgiving Proves the Indians Welcomed Pilgrims” and “Indians Are Naturally Predisposed to Alcohol.” We’ll discuss misconceptions about Native Americans and the surge of activism around the Dakota Access Pipeline.

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Guests:

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, co-author, "All The Real Indians Died Off and 20 Other Myths About Native Americans"; professor emerita of Native American studies, Cal State University East Bay

Dina Gilio-Whitaker, co-author, "All The Real Indians Died Off and 20 Other Myths About Native Americans"; columnist, Indian Country Today Media Network; associate scholar, Center for World Indigenous Studies

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