“To Kill the Indian in the Child”: 100 Years of Genocide in North America

A friend of mine has entered Microsoft and Lenovo’s competition ‘Name Your Dream Assignment’ and needs your votes…. have a read, and click the link if you are up for supporting his project idea.

His assignment is as follows:

“To Kill the Indian in the Child”
100 Years of Genocide in North America

“To document Native North American survivors of genocide who, as children, were forcibly taken from their families and sent to abusive government boarding schools to have their culture destroyed as a “final solution” to the Indian problem.

“From the 1870s through the 1970s the Governments of the U.S. and Canada embarked on a program to eliminate Indian culture and language by rounding up native children and shipping them to boarding schools where they were forbidden to speak their language and forced to learn the white man’s ways.

……”On my Dream Assignment, I would visit pre-selected Indian reservations in the U.S. and Canada, shoot portraits of the survivors and interview them about their experiences and how their lives were impacted then and to this day. I would also document some of the old school buildings that still exist. The images, along with relevant excerpts from survivors’ commentary, would be published as a book and prints for a traveling exhibit would also be prepared.”

Read in full HERE

Here’s how to vote:

1. Click here where you can read the complete Dream Assignment proposal. There’s a voting icon to the left– click on PIC IT.

2. You’ll then be asked to register –which takes only a minute or so. This to prevent multiple votes by the same person. If you do not want to receive promotional material from the sponsor, just leave the “Communication” box unchecked.

3. Within a few minutes after registering, you’ll get an email with a URL. Click it and you’ll be taken to a log-in page.

4. After logging in, you’ll find yourself at the project page again. Once there, click on PIC IT and your vote will be cast.

My friend is counting on your votes to give this project a chance –it must be voted into the Top 20 to be considered.

The deadline is April 3rd!

On behalf of AB, thanks for reading!

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Posted in Uncategorized on March 25th, 2009 | 3 Comments |

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Comments for ““To Kill the Indian in the Child”: 100 Years of Genocide in North America”

    1. Oliver
      1:10 am on March 27th, 2009

      I wish you were part of the contest !!! My vote will go to your friend !

    2. Arty Fucking Smokes
      7:02 pm on March 27th, 2009

      Certainly a better idea than the lame-arse one submitted by Rosie and Aaron.

    3. sarah
      1:19 am on May 18th, 2009

      I am sorry to see your friend didn’t win, I found the link while I was looking up something else.. I hope your friend finds a way to still go through with this amazing project. North Americans need to be more aware of what our real history is and the things that have happened with a serious lack of honesty or integrity on the part of the government.

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