Rebuilding Traditional Knowledge Systems
Our tribes have never given up our right to educate ourselves and others about who we are as a people. Our traditional knowledge systems were in place and thriving at the time of colonization. Early United States policies sought to undermine our tribal governments and used education as means to accomplish this effort. Although our communities have been severely disrupted in most cases, we are a resilient people and we have fought to rebuild our communities and reassert our claim to our traditional homelands and our cultural identities. We must continue to rebuild our traditional knowledge systems so that future generations will be able to speak our Native languages, know our tribal histories, identify indigenous plants and animals, tell our traditional stories, and appreciate our enduring relationship with our Mother the Earth.