CLEVELAND — Thursday night on Front Row, WKYC Studios proudly presented the latest edition in our A Turning Point series focusing on racial justice. We shined our spotlight on the Native American community by reflecting and celebrate their heritage.
We delved into Northeast Ohio's Indigenous past, exploring how people from various tribes were relocated to Cleveland. Plus, a look at how a historic church in Ohio City played a vital role.
Also, we looked at the push for change in area school districts. That change includes shifting away from Native mascots and nicknames, as well as remodeling the way Thanksgiving is taught.
Land acknowledgements are gaining popularity, honoring the ones who inhabited the land long before colonization. We showed you how the Ohio State University is expanding on that practice.
And lives lost...and lost culture. The untold history of Native American boarding schools. There are stories of trauma and survival. And now there is a federal investigation being overseen by the nation's first Native American cabinet secretary.
You can find links to all of our stories from the show below:
- A Turning Point: The push to retire Native American mascots in schools
- A Turning Point: The practice of Land Acknowledgement growing in popularity
- A Turning Point | A dark past: Native American boarding schools in North America
- A Turning Point: Changing the way Native American history is taught in schools
- A Turning Point: A Cleveland church's role in Native American relocation
- A Turning Point: Two discussions on Native American heritage in Northeast Ohio
You can watch the full show in the player below.
Editor's Note: 3News' Mark Naymik moderated A Turning Point panel discussion on Tuesday featuring Native American community leaders making a difference in Northeast Ohio. You can watch the show below.