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Thursday, July 12, 2018 - NATO pivots from Trump to Afghanistan. Also on the Thursday rundown: Educators get guidance for supporting transgender youth,

and a growing number of workers don’t unplug on vacation. 

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Eric Tegethoff

July 11, 2018

HELENA, Montana - A new report explores how Native Americans are perceived in the United States, and according to one of its project leaders, it's the largest public-opinion research project about Native Americans ever conducted.


Crystal Echo Hawk said the goal of the report "Reclaiming Native Truth" was to find out about the dominant narratives and perceptions of native people from a diverse group of Americans. It included focus groups spanning 11 states and every race. She said toxic and contradictory stereotypes about Native Americans persist, such as ideas that they're dependent on the government, but also flush with casino money.

"What we actually found is (that) the biggest barrier that Native Americans face is invisibility and erasure, in the fact that you don't see native peoples in the media; you don't see them on TV and film," she said. "And in fact, almost 50 percent of K-through-12 schools in the United States don't teach about Native Americans past 1890."

Nearly three-quarters of respondents said schools need to make curriculum changes on Native American culture and history. Echo Hawk praised Montana's work on this front. She said she hopes the report also acts as a roadmap to create more positive perceptions of Native Americans.

Echo Hawk Consulting partnered with First Nations Development Institute on the project.

So many negative stereotypes have a direct effect on native people's well-being, Echo Hawk said. That's especially important in Montana; not only does the state have the country's highest suicide rate, but it is highest among Native Americans. Echo Hawk said suicide is one of the biggest issues Native American communities face, and it's an especially big problem among youths.

"When we first started this project, we actually were challenged by a number of Native American youths who came and spoke to leaders of the project and said, 'We need you to do this for us. We're counting on you,' " Echo Hawk said. "So, it's really that sense of a responsibility to our children that was a big driver."

Echo Hawk said she hopes the report can begin a healing process for communities.

"This is really about how do we see one another, first and foremost, as human beings and not stereotypes and caricatures," she said. "And that applies to all different types of people in society, and I think there's a longing right now for people wanting to get out of this sort of toxicity."

The "Reclaiming Native Truth" report is online at reclaimingnativetruth.com.


 

    

 

Wednesday, July 11, 2018 - NATO in the balance with Trump at the Brussels summit. Also on the Wednesday rundown: New Mexico reproductive-rights

advocates oppose the Supreme Court nominee, and summer meals are open to Colorado kids – no registration required. 


 

 

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018 - UPDATE: All 12 high school soccer players and their coach rescued from a flooded cave in Thailand. The other big story, President

Donald Trump picks Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh for the U.S. Supreme Court. 


 

July 9, 2018
MainStreetMontana.com

(Gallatin County, Mont.) Sunday morning at 11:45 , Sheriff’s Office Deputies, Sheriff’s Search and Rescue, Three Forks Fire, Willow Creek Fire, AMR and REACH Air Medical responded to a report of an unresponsive man in the Jefferson River whose kayak had flipped at the diversion dam, just south of the Sappington Bridge. Rescuers found 72 year old Bruce Vanlandingham of Bozeman on an island between Sappington Junction and Williams Bridge.   CPR was in progress when responders arrived and continued until the man was pronounced deceased at Bozeman Deaconess Hospital. Cause of death is being investigated by the Office of the Sheriff/Coroner.

Sheriff Gootkin stated, “Two people were out on calm water doing everything right and tragedy still struck.” The Sheriff would like to remind floaters that accidents can happen on the calmest of waters.  Ensure you float with a partner, wear a PFD and carry some form of communication in a waterproof container so you can call for help if needed.  Photos courtesy of the Sheriff’s Office.


 

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