(Neb)-Native American Educators Don't Like Proposed Social Studies Standards
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Native American education advocates say Nebraska's proposed new social studies standards fall short of teaching a comprehensive history of Native Americans.
The newly formed Nebraska Indian Education Association is raising concerns about the statewide standards unveiled this month and wants the standards to better disprove misconceptions and emphasize local tribes.
They say schools should teach about tribal sovereignty and Indian science and horticulture as well as the Native American civilizations that thrived in the centuries before European settlement began in the Americas.
Nebraska State Board of Education President John Witzel acknowledges that the approach of the proposed standards to Native American topics is "pretty general," but says there's time to make changes.
The Nebraska Department of Education is currently seeking public input on the drafted education guidelines.
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