So­cial Stud­ies

Geist - - Notes & Dispatches - RANDY FRED

My first contact with white kids was in grade seven, when kids from the res­i­den­tial school were bussed into town so we could go to a “pub­lic” school. We didn’t want to be there, and it was pretty clear that the white kids didn’t want us to be there ei­ther. So­cial stud­ies was the worst class, be­cause In­di­ans were some­times the sub­ject. I didn’t know who the Iro­quois were, or who the Hurons were (no other In­di­ans were men­tioned in those classes), but I knew they were In­di­ans, and so was I.

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