Springfield, Illinois (WTVO) — A new bill on the desk of Governor JB Pritzker would require the teaching of Native American history in Illinois schools.
“Native American history is in our DNA,” said the bill’s lead proponent, Rep. Maurice West (D-Rockford). “It is our duty to truly know our history as a nation.”
The new law is the latest in a series of school history curriculum laws mandating social studies and history classes. Asian American historyblack history, and contribution gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.
“Governor. Mr. Pritzker believes history should be taught in a way that tells the story of our country and state as it really happened,” said a spokesperson for the governor’s office. center square. “Bringing Native American history into the classroom ensures that students have the tools to understand and empathize with each other.”
The curriculum is developed in consultation with the Chicago American Indian Community Collaborative.
Younger students learn about Native American contributions to art and politics, while older students learn about “genocide and discrimination against Native Americans.”
Illinois is one of 14 states with no American Indian reservations.
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