Last month ABC’s 20/20 aired a special they called “Children of the Plains,” that portrayed the Lakota Indian reservation as a place that only dealt with crime, unemployment, alcoholism, overcrowded trailers and crumbling schools.
On Monday, young Native American students from Rosebud, South Dakota released a short video that challenged the claims made by “Children of the plains.”
When the Kickapoo went to Mexico City in 1865, their entourage included black Seminole who served as guides and translators. A photographer created images of the scene. This print is from the "Red/Black: Related Through History" exhibit at the Eiteljorg Museum. / Photo provided by the Eiteljorg Museum
Although the question at the heart of “Red/Black” is simply stated, it’s also complex: “Who am I and who gets to say so?””When we understand this history, we end up understanding a great deal more about the history of Native Americans, about the history of African-Americans, and how that intertwined history affects us all,” said James Nottage, the Eiteljorg’s vice president and chief curatorial officer.