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My Heart Is On The Ground Title
Yakima School Girls
Hear a Sample of MY HEART IS ON THE GROUND in:
Pretty words and stories from the times
Of Boarding schools and other heinous crimes
So I took the book down from the shelf
To read all the lies for myself
They took our hopes
They took our dreams
Romanticized them for young minds
CHORUS
My heart is on the ground
My heart is on the ground
Don't see any truth around
My heart is on the ground
Carlisle Indian school had a plan
"We'll kill the Indian to save the man."
Our way of life was never the same
Time has passed but hasn't dulled the pain
So traditions go
Nobody wins
I guess it's my turn to sing
CHORUS
Flute Solo
I've had my fill
Of authors and liars
Who corrupt our stories
For hire
CHORUS 


Written by Arigon Starr 
© 2000 Starrwatcher Publishing (ASCAP) 
Lyrics reprinted by Kind Permission

						
ABOUT MY HEART IS ON THE GROUND

Another song from Arigon literally ripped from the headlines. "I learned about a really dangerous children's book through an article on the internet. It's called My Heart Is On The Ground, part of the Scholastic book series Dear America. This fictional diary is from the perspective of a young Indian girl who attended Carlisle Indian School. Instead of telling the story of the devastation of a thriving culture, this book sings the praises of assimiliation and blending with the dominate culture. Children are learning our history and how to treat us from books like this."


READ MORE ABOUT IT...AAAAY!

BOARDING SCHOOL SEASONS: AMERICAN INDIAN FAMILIES 1900-1940 by Brenda J. Child

For even more information, check out the Oyate website, which offers detailed information on good books about the Native experience, plus resources for teachers.

 

The Offensive Book Itself...Don't EVEN THINK ABOUT BUYING THIS!!

MY HEART IS ON THE GROUND; THE DIARY OF NANNIE LITTLE ROSE, A SIOUX GIRL -- by Ann Rinaldi

h!Everytime I read something about this book...it gets me hopping mad. There are over 29 reviews on Amazon.Com about this book, many from young readers who have been profoundly affected by this fiction. Even more shocking are the comments from people WHO KNOW about the Indian School experience first hand who offer the real story. If it doesn't burn you up that author Ann Rinaldi took ACTUAL NAMES from GRAVESTONES at Carlisle Indian School to use as her characters.....you are certainly one of the walking dead.


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