8-4 Spring 1997 “Racism” Resource Guide

Feb 15th, 1997 | By | Category: 8-4: Racism, Resource Guides
By Julie Cajune

Julie Cajune is an enrolled member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes with a Master’s Degree in Education. Presently a curriculum coordinator for the Salish Kootenai Education Department, she has taught at the K-4, high school, and college level. She offers the following resource list for teachers, administrators, parents, and students who want to change school curriculum to improve the portrayal of Native Americans and other minorities. Fax her at (406) 675-2806 if you have any questions about the listings.


Albeda, Randy. War on the Poor: A Defense Manual. Facts and analysis to dispel poverty myths. Examines employment, the economy, gender roles, and family. New Press, 1996.

Anti-bias Curriculum: Tools for Empowering Young Children. Louise Derman Sparks and the A.B.C. Task Force, 1989.

Campbell, Duane. Choosing Democracy: A Practical Guide to Multicultural Education. Merrill/Prentice-Hall, 1996. This book is to help parents and students understand what can and should be done to reform racist and culturally insensitive public schools.

Delpit, Lisa. Other People’s Children: White Teachers, Students of Color, and Cultural Conflicts in the Classroom. New Press, 1995.

Diversity and the Law. Gayle Mertz. This publication provides lessons and background information. Contact: American Bar Association, Youth Education for Citizenship, 541 N. Fairbanks Court, Chicago, IL 60611-3314

Facing History and Ourselves Program. “Facing History” is a moral education program. The target is hatred, prejudice, racism, and indifference…provides training for teachers and administrators … teaching methods and materials include films, readings, class discussions, guest speakers, and student journals.” (Hate Crime, Southwest Center for Educational Equity)

Fraser, James and Theresa Perry, ed. Freedom’s Plow: Teaching in the Multicultural Classroom. New York: Routledge, 1993.

Friere, Paulo and Ira Shor. A Pedagogy for Liberation: Dialogue on Transforming Education. Granby: Bergin and Garvey, 1987.

Friere, Paulo. Pedagogy of Hope. New York: Continuum, 1995.

Friere, Paulo. Pedagogy of the Oppressed. New York: Continuum, 1993.

The Greenfield Review Literary Center. This center only stocks books by Native American authors. This is a critical collection for people who are unsure of authenticity of author or content. There are many “impostor Indians” who are exploiting the popularity of books with Native themes or authors. Some impostors even give false tribal affiliations. Contact: Greenfield Review Literary Center, 2 Middle Grove Road, PO Box 308, Greenfield Center NY 12833. (518) 584-1728.

Hamilton, Virginia. The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales. New York: Alfred Knopf, 1985.

HONOR Digest. HONOR (Honors Our Neighbors Origins and Rights) is a nationwide organization for people interested in Native American justice issues. The Digest reports on the anti-Indian movement in the United States and links members working on the same issues. For membership information, contact HONOR, Inc., Route 1, Box 79-A, Bayfield WI 54814. Call (715) 779-3779 or fax (715) 779-3704.

“Indian Law Related Education.” A pilot curriculum unit for use with grades K-12. Lessons explore the history, government, culture, and contemporary issues of various Native American Nations with a focus on Montana Tribes. This resource is free! Contact: Office of Public Instruction, State Capitol, PO Box 202501, Helena, MT 59620-2501

Intercultural E-mail Classroom Connections is a clearinghouse intended for K-12 teachers seeking partner classrooms. The address: http: //www.stolaf.ed/network/iecc/

Lowen, James. Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong. New Press, 1995.

Marching to a Different Drummer: Unrecognized Heroes of American History. Profiles of 35 social activists from diverse backgrounds. Contact: Greenwood Publishing Group, 88 Post Road W. Box 5007, Westport CT 06881-5007

Nabokov, Peter. Native American Testimony. An excellent collection of historical and contemporary oration and essay of the indigenous peoples of this country. New York: Penguin Books, 1991.

Ortiz, Simon. The People Shall Continue. History told from a Native American perspective at an elementary level with beautiful illustrations. Emeryville CA: Children’s Book Press, 1987.

Patterns of Racism. Covers the development of racism and colonialism in the 20th century in South Africa, Latin America, North America, Australia, the West Indies, and India. High school reading level. London Institute of Race Relations: 1985.

The Prejudice Book. A great collection of lessons exploring such concepts as stereotyping, discrimination, and racism. These lessons are geared towards middle to high school age students. For a brochure on ADL books and other resources about hate groups and hate crimes, contact The Anti-Defamation League Film Library, 22-D Hollywood Ave., Hohokus, NJ 07423 800-343-5540

Project Reach Curriculum. Multicultural curriculum for elementary, middle/junior high, and high schools levels. Contact REACH Center, 180 Nickerson St., Suite 212, Seattle WA 98109.

Rethinking Our Classrooms: Teaching for Equity and Justice. Rethinking Schools, 1994. Contact Rethinking Our Classrooms, 1001 East Keefe Avenue, Milwaukee WI 53212.

Slapin, Beverly and Doris Seale. Through Indian Eyes: The Native Experience in Books for Children. Philadelphia: New Society Publishers, 1992.

Smith, Burton. The Politics of Allotment on the Flathead Indian Reservation. A study of the 1904 legislation that caused the loss of over half of the land base of the Salish and Kootenai Tribes.  Contact SKC Press, Box 117, Pablo MT 59855.

Takaki, Ronald. A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America. Stories and voices of people previously left out of the textbooks. New York: Little, Brown & Co., 1993.

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