ETH 125-Journal Entry of a Native American

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Running head: JOURNAL ENTRY OF A NATIVE AMERICAN 1 Journal Entry of a Native American Tara Von Gulner Cultural Diversity ETH/125 December 5, 2010 Jacqueline Jefferson
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JOURNAL ENTRY OF A NATIVE AMERICAN 2 Journal Entry of a Native American My name is Little Star, but when I am at school I am forced to use my baptismal name, Carmella Beauregard. We are told that we must assimilate and live much like the white missionaries in our area. This means to practice the Roman Catholic religion and not the old ways. This means to dress and talk just like the white people. We may have to behave like the dominant group at school, but not at home. At home, I am Little Star. I wear moccasins instead of stiff and uncomfortable shoes. At home I exchange itchy school clothes for a dress made of the softest doe hide. At home I speak the old words, although it gets a little confusing now that I am learning English. According to Milwaukee Public Museum (n.d.), " While the government and religious schools aggressively sought to wipe out Indian culture, their attempts generally met with failure: Indian students in the schools refused to completely assimilate into White society. Indian people and their societies have remained resilient in retaining their cultures and in shaping the generations to come” (Wisconsin Indian Boarding Schools, para. 3). I live on the Bad River Indian Reservation in a small town named Odanah. Odanah is in Ashland County, Wisconsin. The year is 1860 and my life has changed drastically in the last six years. I was born on Madeline Island sixteen years ago. My whole family lived and worked
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This note was uploaded on 09/04/2011 for the course ETHICS 125 125 taught by Professor Jefferson during the Spring '11 term at University of Phoenix.

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