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Native American Youth Tell The White House: Our Schools Are Failing Us


In the eighth grade, Isabella Cornell's history teacher taught students that Native Americans are "violent, vicious vermin" and connected their culture to cannibalism. Fellow students immediately started bullying Cornell -- who is Choctaw -- and asked if she ate other human beings.

"This is direct bullying, but nothing can be done about it because that’s what the teacher said," Cornell told government officials in November 2014. "So my sister, mother, and I came into the school and presented on the actual history of Columbus. We shouldn’t have to do this. The teacher should know the correct history."


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