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Indian Country on MTV: Frank Waln, Inez Jasper, and Nataali Means

We would like to say thank you to Frank Waln and other Indigenous artists featured on MTV’s Rebel Music: Native America for being role models for all Boys & Girls Club members who aspire to make a mark on society, and especially to Native youth. The episode teaches Native youth the importance of voicing their own experiences.

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Recently MTV broadcast Rebel Music: Native America, a segment of its series Rebel Music devoted to Indigenous hip hop artists. Rebel Music showcases young people around the world who are raising their voices through music to demand change for a better future. Since debuting last year, Rebel Music has featured artist-activists from Afghanistan and Egypt, and in 2015 Myanmar and Senegal are just a couple of places where Rebel Music will give voice to creatives fighting for change.

The 11/13 Native America episode featured Frank Waln, a 25-year-old Sioux Lakota Indian from the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota, and other young performers including First Nations’ Inez Jasper from British Columbia, and Nataanii Means of the Navajo Nation in Arizona. The content of Rebel Music: Native America is extremely well suited for teens in leadership programs, and in music and art programs within your Boys & Girls Club. Rebel Music developed a Teacher's Guide, Context Lesson Plan, and Episode Discussion Guide that meets Common Core State Standards for grades 9-12. The three lessons, The Effects of Poverty on Native Americans, Native American Suicide, and Stories from the Pine Ridge Reservation, examine Native history along with stories of youth today, and are a means to help youth deepen their understanding of the issues that influence indigenous communities.

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Explore tribal cultures with the National Museum of American Indians

If you are looking for a new resource to use with your Club members, check out the National Museum of American Indians (NMAI). It is the home to a number of great sources that includes a Seminar and Symposia Program, an annotated Index of Resources, classroom lessons that can be used in your Club, and much more.

Now where to start? If the investigation, discussion, and understanding of Native communities intrigue you, the Seminars and Symposia Program and Archive is the spot for you. Through the Seminars and Symposia Program, the museum promotes meaningful study, discussion, and civic engagement, providing a national forum for historical and contemporary topics of concern and interest to Native peoples and the general public. The program will develop and host public forums, ranging from intimate roundtable discussions to seminars that are webcast around the world. What an opportunity!

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