Seven Things Everyone Should Know About American Indians

Gateway Arch National Park, located in Saint Louis, invited the CAIRNS director to present during a two-day educational workshop. The presentation, “Seven Things Everyone Should Know About American Indians,” was delivered virtually from the CAIRNS office in the Lacreek District of Pine Ridge Reservation. The talk’s agenda, shown above, uses images as mnemonics for the seven assertive phrases, similar to how winter counts use diagrammatic drawings as mnenomics for events in Lakotan history. The seven things are American Indians have been here a long, long time; American Indians are plurals; Tribes are political entities higher than states; American Indians have lost nearly all their land; Tribes are different than American Indian persons; Tribal spirituality is ongoing here and now; and American Indians are not mascots.