Dovie Thomason, Lakota/Kiowa Apache storyteller and cultural educator, came to share her story with the 7th grade today as part of our cultural studies unit. Thomason's father attended the Indian Industrial School in Carlisle, PA, one of dozens of boarding schools in the 20th century that worked to "civilize" indigenous children. The school's motto? "Kill the Indian. Save the Man." Questions about membership, identity, race, and what it means to be American are hot topics this spring in 7th grade!