Ron Leith on FIRST PERSON RADIO 1.10.18

Join Laura Waterman Wittstock on Wednesday, January 10,  as she talks with Ron Leith, Anishinabe/Ojibwe-Mdewakanton Dakota First Nation. Ron is the spokesman for the Dakota elders in discussions with the Walker Art Center on the development of an advisory council that will become a permanent part of the Walker organizational infrastructure.
We will discuss the November meeting and the upcoming meeting. The Dakota Elders are taking the opportunity to lead a process of reconstructing a damaged relationship between the Walker Art Center and the Dakota Community.
In 1971 Ron met and became family with the leadership of the American Indian Movement.  Ron says, "AIM had a fresh vision of Indian Education and what it ought to mean to the Indian community.   They offered a direct solution to the problems that existed in the non-Indian, colonialist educational system.  This was important to me because I had seen what the current systems were providing for Indian youth.  The answer, of course, was Indio-centric, native controlled systems.  Indian administered systems of educational training and learning.  This was the system that I wanted to be a part of and I began at the ground floor in the research and  development of the American Indian Movement Survival Schools for Self Determination.  There I had the freedom to select the best that literature, art, history, science, and politics had to offer and synthesize that work for native students.  Between 1968 and 1976 everything changed with regard to Indian education, not only in Minnesota but nationally and internationally.  The individuals who would become crucial to the new vision were all working within the American Indian Movement.  The synthesis of self-determination in education, native controlled school systems, educational policy revisionism, and truth in history all came about during the development of the AIM Survival School systems. " 


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