After 150 years, First Nations Try to Raise the Rent around Lake Huron

POLITICS In exchange for land, Queen Victoria promised an annuity to each indigenous person around Lake Huron. Now a legal case seeks to bring that treaty up to date. (The Guardian) Where is this $4 land? Use our downloadable map to find Ojibwe cultural territory. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Ideas Many indigenous peoples are … Continue reading After 150 years, First Nations Try to Raise the Rent around Lake Huron

What Is a Referendum? Who Decides?

POLITICS Last week brought two passionate and dramatic popular votes for independence, in Iraqi Kurdistan and in Catalonia, Spain. Everyone, even those who dismissed both votes as illegal and meaningless, called them national “referendums.” (New York Review of Books) What is a nation? Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Text Set.   Discussion Ideas The author of the great … Continue reading What Is a Referendum? Who Decides?

Rohingya Crisis: What You Need to Know

WORLD The Rohingya, a mostly Muslim ethnic minority in Myanmar, have been called one of the “world’s most persecuted minorities.” Who are they? What is the current “Rohingya crisis”? (Nat Geo News) Where is Myanmar? Where are the Rohingya fleeing? Use today’s MapMaker Interactive map to help put the crisis in context. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers … Continue reading Rohingya Crisis: What You Need to Know

DACA Deferred

POLITICS President Donald Trump on Tuesday moved to end the program that protects young undocumented immigrants—known as “dreamers”—from being deported. Under the plan, Congress has six months to come up with a legislative fix for the program, which will now expire next March. (PBS NewsHour) How did President Obama try to expand DACA? Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our … Continue reading DACA Deferred

How Russia Handled Its Own Monument Problem

POLITICS Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia had its own version of the “Confederate monument problem.” The solution: a sculpture park in Moscow. (Los Angeles Times) What was the Confederacy? Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit, and be sure to vote in today’s poll. Discussion Ideas The Los Angeles Times article says Russia “had its own … Continue reading How Russia Handled Its Own Monument Problem