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Through Video, Lakota Students Reject Stereotypes

Filed by KOSU News in US News.
February 27, 2012

Tired of being negatively portrayed by mainstream media, a group of Native American students created a video describing how their community was about more than alcoholism, broken homes and crime.

The students from South Dakota’s Rosebud Sioux Reservation are in Washington, D.C., Monday to lobby Congress for increased funding for schools on Native American reservations.

Filmed in black and white, the student-produced video More Than That takes the viewer through the hallways, classrooms and gymnasium of the Rosebud Sioux Reservation’s county high school.

Using their bodies as sign posts, the students explain they’re more than stock images of poverty, alcoholism and violence.

With words drawn on their hands, arms and faces, they share the traits that describe who they really are. Humor, intelligence, creativity – the list goes on.

The point the students are trying to make, says English teacher Heather Hanson, is that they’re not victims.

The non-profit National Association of Federally Impacted Schools has invited the Lakota students to Washington, D.C., to attend the group’s winter conference on Monday.

While in town, they’ll also be lobbying South Dakota’s congressional representatives to explain that, as Lakota, they are More Than That. [Copyright 2012 National Public Radio]

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