Bits of American History: California Mission System

Bits of American History: California Mission System

[Corine Fairbanks, for Indian Country Today]

Many people outside of California are not aware that in the fourth grade, the curriculum includes studying the California Mission System. The project is designed to teach about California history, quickly and inaccurately, educate about California Native Nations, and the relationship they had with the missions. However, according to Alvin M. Josephy in his book 500 Nations, the history of the California tribes “was as close to genocide as any tribal people had faced, or would face, on the North American continent.”

Read more at http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2014/03/21/burn-down-mission
 
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