I am not really fan of education as it is presented. Here is why….
When we say they “took our horses”. What it means, for those that grew up in a horse culture, it was more than literally taking a horse, relationship to the horse. They took “the power of our culture”.
They “took our horses” and we continually asked for them back.
When we got them back they were not the same. They had changed them with language commands.
Building capacity. This is how they did it.
It is like grafting trees together.
There were two trees standing together. One got grafted and the other grew in its own. The one that grew on its own still survived.
Education is like grafting trees together. It appears stronger but it isn’t the same
Present Native education, like Grafting, is creating adaptability. It’s not the same. We are getting graduates that are yet another generation removed from the natural world.
Yet we freely give the responsibility to educators who did not grow up in our natural world.
The world continues and our indigenous scholars perpetuate the system.
They build capacity.
That is all.
Choose your arguments.