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.