Image Description: Thirty Everyday Phrases that Perpetuate the Oppression of Indigenous Peoples

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Sixteen speech bubbles float in a group, containing the following phrases: Low man on the totem pole, powwow, off the reservation, savage, spirit animal, rain dance, red***n, I got scalped, hold down the fort, shaman, bury the hatchet, peace pipe, on the warpath, Indian giver, circle the wagons, Geronimo!

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Language is a vessel of cultural stories, values, and norms—and in the United States, everyday language perpetuates the oppression of Indigenous Peoples. Indigenous Peoples exist and deserve respect; they are not historical artifacts, caricatures, or mascots. Practice this truth by questioning the origins and impact of your words.

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