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Carroll speaker to address Native American issues

2011-09-17T00:00:00Z Carroll speaker to address Native American issues Helena Independent Record
September 17, 2011 12:00 am

On Monday, Oct. 10, Penn State Professor John Sanchez will present “American Indians: How the News Media Shapes American Indian Identity and Policy in the United States” in the Carroll College Campus Center at 7 p.m. 

The free, public talk will focus on public perceptions of American Indian identity in the 21st century as framed and dictated by news media and popular films. His Helena visit is co-sponsored by Carroll College and the Helena Public Schools’ Indian Education for All program.

Based upon his original research, Sanchez will examine what newspaper and TV news editors and reporters think about American Indians and what educators teach in public schools, often using popular news media as their source of information on Native people. Sanchez will discuss how public policy is influenced by antiquated ideas about Indian people, including the myth that they are either very poor or very rich and that they only look like popular culture’s version of Indians in traditional garb.

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    shawnwhitewolf - September 17, 2011 9:13 am
    This should be interesting. From his background, he's really been involved in a lot of political and news background academics. Even taught at the Freedom Forum's Indian news school in South Dakota, I think. I attended the Freedom Forum's Divirsity Institute. I was in one of the first classes before I worked as a staff writer at the Independent Record. I got my job through the the Freedom Forum's program. Unfortanetly, the Freedom Forum and I got into a debate on Indian Issues and we've since parted ways. That was almost a decade ago.

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