“Teaching Thanksgiving” Panel – LIVESTREAM at 4 p.m. EST – Today

Published November 12, 2018


Monday, November 12, 2018, 4pm – EST

ALLENDALE, Mich.  — Grand Valley State University’s Office of Minority Affairs is hosting the “Teaching Thanksgiving: A Discussion of Reframing Represenatitions of American Indians” panel today at 4:00 p.m. – EST. Levi Rickert, publisher and editor of Native News Online will be part of the panel discussion.

Levi Rickert

Thanksgiving is celebrated across the United States every third Thursday in November.  The holiday may perceived  as a harmless and apolitical holiday. For many American Indians, it remains a complicated holiday and a painful reminder of colonial violence and indigenous erasure for American Indian communities.

This panel will explore how the myths and lies of Thanksgiving are taught and reinforced in the school systems. Invited panelists will discuss how they educate about Thanksgiving and have a focused discussion on creating culturally-appropriate curriculum reflective of the contemporary experiences of American Indians. The audience will leave this lively discussion with an understanding of how the Thanksgiving myth does harm and receive resources, strategies, and best practices on how to intervene on inaccurate representations about American Indians in the school systems and our communities.

The panel includes:

  • Andrea Riley Mukavetz, Liberal Studies Department, GVSU
  • Steve Perry, artist, educator, and philanthropist
  • Hunter Genia, Resilience Counseling and Consultation
  • Levi Rickert, Native News Online
  • Jannan Cotto, Director of Niigaandiwin Education Department for LTBB
  • Amanda Weinert, Curriculum Specialist for Niigaandiwim Education Department for LTBB
  • Seth Sutton, Montcalm Community College


  1. Open the LIVESTREAM in Chrome
  2. Select “Join from a browser”.
  3. Enter a display name to login, and then click the “Join Session” button to access the live webstream.



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