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'Off the Reservation' – A Teachable Moment


“Off the reservation” is a term I’ve heard tossed off casually by policymakers and bureaucrats from the White House to Capitol Hill, and by reporters who cover them and editors and producers who place stories and write headlines.

When that term is used in my presence, I can tell if its user knows its history -- or gets that the historical reference is hurtful or offensive to many Native Peoples today -- because I’m given a full or partial apology or a sheepish or apologetic look.



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