Spring 2018

Reclaiming Representations & Interrupting the Cycle of Bias Against Native Americans

Authors
Arianne E. Eason, Laura M. Brady, and Stephanie A. Fryberg
Abstract
Representations of Native Americans are largely negative, antiquated, and limiting. The prevalence of such portrayals and a comparative lack of positive ones foster a cycle of bias perpetuating disparities among Native Americans with respect to other populations. Arianne E. Eason, Laura M. Brady, and Stephanie A. Fryberg illustrate how the legal system, the media, and education can be leveraged to promote positive conceptions of Native Americans, creating more equitable outcomes. The actions of some contemporary Native Americans to reclaim their Native American identity and create accurate ideas of who Native Americans are and what they can become provide a blueprint for leveraging cultural change to interrupt the cycle of bias and to reduce disparities.
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