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A More Perfect Union: Teaching about Native history in Washington

Courtesy of Humanities Washington

“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

This program, “A More Perfect Union,” is about how Native people in the Northwest have sought to create a more perfect union for their people and their communities.

Here, we talk about the requirements imposed by Washington state government on school districts to teach children about Native American history. We hear from Laura Lynn, the program supervisor in the Office of Native Education for the state school superintendent, and Heather Lemery, the chairwoman of Spokane Public Schools’ Indian Education Advisory Council.

Doug Nadvornick has spent most of his 30+-year radio career at Spokane Public Radio and filled a variety of positions. He is currently the program director and news director. Through the years, he has also been the local Morning Edition and All Things Considered host (not at the same time). He served as the Inland Northwest correspondent for the Northwest News Network, based in Coeur d’Alene. He created the original program grid for KSFC. He has also served for several years as a board member for Public Media Journalists Association. During his years away from SPR, he worked at The Pacific Northwest Inlander, Washington State University in Spokane and KXLY Radio.