Connections: Addressing racism toward Native Americans
Last month, while on a tour for prospective students at Colorado State University, a woman called police, saying she was concerned that two young men in the group were not meant to be part of the tour. She said they stood out and were wearing clothing with "weird symbolism." The two young men are Native American and had driven seven hours from New Mexico to take part in the tour. Police patted them down and eventually allowed them to rejoin the tour, but by that time, the group was long gone. The story has caused outrage, with many people comparing it to the racial profiling incident at a Starbucks, where two black men were arrested while waiting for a friend.
Two local groups say communities need to better understand indigenous rights and history; they are partnering to combat racism against Native Americans. We discuss their efforts. In studio:
- Kahsto'sera'a Paulette Moore, Kanyen'keha:ka (Mohawk), director and producer of “The Eagle and The Condor”
- Ron Garrow, director of the Native American Cultural Center
- Kathy Castania, member of the SURJ (Showing up for Racial Justice) ROC Steering Committee, and lead facilitator of the Opening Doors Diversity Project