Episode 116: Indigenous Counterstories on an Elementary Field Trip with Harper Keenan

In Episode 116, Michael and Dan chat with Harper Keenan about his new article published in Theory & Research in Social Education, “Visiting Chutchui: The making of a colonial counterstory on an elementary school field trip.”

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Episode 116

Books, Articles and Other Amazing Resources

  1. Here’s the article in APA form: Keenan, H. B. (2019). Visiting Chutchui: The making of a colonial counterstory on an elementary school field trip. Theory & Research in Social Education, 47(1), 52-75.
  2. You might also check out Harper’s related article in Teachers College Record: Keenan, H. B. Selective memory: California mission history and the problem of historical violence in elementary school textbooks. Teachers College Record, 121(8).
  3. Check out Dr. Keenan’s website at www.harperkeenan.com and hit him up on Twitter at @HarperKeenan.


Harper Keenan is the Robert Quartermain Assistant Professor in the Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy at the University of British Columbia. Before earning his PhD at the Stanford Graduate School of Education, he was an elementary school teacher in New York City. His current research examines the treatment of complex social issues in early childhood and elementary education. Harper’s recent work has been published in Theory & Research in Social Education, the Harvard Educational Review, and Teachers College Record.

Episode 95: Affirming Indigenous Sovereignty with Sarah Shear, Leilani Sabzalian, & Lisa Brown Buchanan

In this episode, Dan and Michael chat with Sarah Shear, Leilani Sabzalian, and Lisa Brown Buchanan about their new Social Studies and the Young Learner article, “Affirming Indigenous Sovereignty: A Civics Inquiry.”

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Books, Articles and Other Amazing Resources

  1. Shear, S. B., Sabzalian, L., & Buchanan, L. B. (2018). Affirming Indigenous Sovereignty: A Civics Inquiry. Social Studies and the Young Learner, 31(1), 12-18.
  2. For more on how state standards address Indigenous Peoples and Nations, see Sarah’s study on the standards: Shear, S. B., Knowles, R. T., Soden, G. J., & Castro, A. J. (2015). Manifesting destiny: Re/presentations of indigenous peoples in K–12 US history standards. Theory & Research in Social Education, 43(1), 68-101.
  3. Dolores Calderón’s work is often ignored by social studies scholarship, but addresses issues like “First Americans” or “First Texans”: Calderón, D. (2014). Uncovering settler grammars in curriculum. Educational Studies, 50(4), 313-338; Calderón, D. (2014). Speaking back to manifest destinies: A land education-based approach to critical curriculum inquiry. Environmental Education Research, 20(1), 24-36.
  4. NCSS Position Statement “Toward Responsibility: Social Studies Education that Respects and Affirms Indigenous Peoples and Nations”: https://www.socialstudies.org/positions/indigenous-peoples-and-nations
  5. Debbie Reese’s website on American Indians in Children’s Literature: https://americanindiansinchildrensliterature.blogspot.com
  6. Debbie’s podcast with Visions of Education: https://visionsofed.com/2017/09/13/episode-67-american-indians-in-childrens-literature-with-debbie-reese/
  7. Debbie Reese’s blog post “Are we people of color?”: https://americanindiansinchildrensliterature.blogspot.com/p/we-are-not-people-of-color.html
  8. NPR “A Few Things to Know About Why Treaties Matter”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bexvE4lZRGo
  9. Background on Indigenous land tenure issues from the Indian Land Tenure Foundation: https://iltf.org/land-issues/issues/  


Sarah B. Shear, Assistant Professor, Social Studies Education, Penn State University-Altoona. Her work examines race/ism and settler colonialism in K-12 social studies curriculum, specifically state-mandated standards and textbooks representations of Indigenous peoples and nations. Sarah’s work also examines settler colonialism in teacher education, film, and qualitative inquiry. You can find out more about her by visiting her website, http://sarahshearphd.com.

Leilani Sabzalian (Alutiiq), is an Assistant Professor of Indigenous Studies in Education at the University of Oregon. Her research focuses on creating spaces to support Indigenous students and Indigenous self-determination in public schools, and preparing teachers to challenge colonialism in curriculum, policy, and practice. Learn more about Dr. Sabzalian at https://education.uoregon.edu/users/leilani-sabzalian.

Lisa Brown Buchanan is an Associate Professor of Elementary Social Studies at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. Her research focuses on preparing preservice teachers to teach for topics of race, rights, immigration, family structure, and religion through the use of film, children’s literature, historical sources, and discussion. Learn more about Dr. Buchanan at http://people.uncw.edu/buchananl/.

Episode 67: American Indians in Children’s Literature with Debbie Reese

In episode 67, Dan and Michael talk with Debbie Reese, a tribally enrolled Nambe Owingeh member, an educator and activist, and the founder of the popular American Indians in Children’s Literature (AICL) website and blog.

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Books, articles, lessons, and other amazing resources

  1. Check out Dr. Reese’s website for a wealth of resources including her vast resources on Indigenous children’s literature: https://americanindiansinchildrensliterature.blogspot.com/
  2. Learn more about the children who died at Carlisle Indian School, Army begins unearthing remains of children who died at Carlisle Indian school (2017, August 8).
  3. Some books Debbie recommended in the episode (in general order of grade level from younger to older):
    1. Jingle Dancer by Cynthia Leitich Smith
    2. Indian Shoes by Cynthia Leitich Smith
    3. In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse by Joseph Marshall III
    4. If I Ever Get Out of Here by Eric Gansworth
  4. Source for learning more about Indigenous books, peoples, cultures, & sovereignty:
    1. A Broken Flute: The Native Experience in Books for Children by Doris Seale & Beverly Slapin (editors)
    2. Lessons From Turtle Island: Native Curriculum in Early Childhood Classrooms by Guy W. Jones & Sally Moomaw, Ed.D.
    3. Page of resources that includes encyclopedias:
    4. Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
    5. Interview of Debbie with the English Journal (check it out English teachers!): http://www.ncte.org/library/NCTEFiles/Resources/Journals/EJ/1061_sep2016/EJ1061WeAre.pdf
    6. A great article by Dr. Reese, “Indigenizing Children’s Literature
  5. Work Dr. Reese did last year for the First Nations Development Institute:
  6. Debbie’s blog posts:
    1. ” Are we people of color?
    2. Top Board Books for the Youngest Readers


Debbie Reese is tribally enrolled at Nambe Owingeh, a federally recognized tribe. She taught elementary school in Albuquerque, Riverside Indian School in Anadarko, Oklahoma, and returned home to Santa Fe Indian School in Santa Fe and Pojoaque Elementary School in Pojoaque, New Mexico. She completed her doctorate at the University of Illinois where she helped establish the Native American House, launched an American Indian Studies program, and helped push the university to discontinue  mascot was discontinue their stereotypical Indian mascot. She launched the American Indians in Children’s Literature (AICL) website and blog in May of 2006. She can be found on Twitter @debreese.

Episode 15: Indigenous (Mis)Representations in U.S. History with Sarah Shear

In episode 15, Michael and Dan talk with Sarah Shear about Indigenous (Mis)Representations in U.S. History.

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Books, articles, lessons, and other amazing resources

  1. Here is a link to everything that Sarah Shear has written!  
  2. Zinn, H. (1980) A People’s History of America. New York: HarperCollins Publishers.
  3. Loewen, J. W. (1995). Lies my teacher told me: Everything your American history textbook got wrong. New York: New Press.
  4. Shear, S.B., Knowles, R.T., Soden, G., & Castro, A.J. (2015). Manifesting destiny: Re/presentations of Indigenous people in K-12 U.S. history curriculum. Theory & Research in Social Education, 43(1), 68-101.
  5. The quote Michael cited was “The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there.”It was written by British novelist L.P. Hartley and opens his 1953 novel The Go-Between. There is also a movie.
  6. Dunbar-OrtizR., Gilio-Whitaker, D. (Upcoming). “All the Real Indians Died Off”: And 20 other myths about Native Americans. Boston, MA: Beacon Press.
  7. Dunbar-OrtizR. (2015). An indigenous people’s history to the United States: ReVisioning American history. Boston, MA: Beacon Press.
  8. The National Museum of the American Indian – Sarah mentioned this as a great resource with curricular materials
  9. Stanford History Education Group (SHEG). Battle of Little Bighorn lesson.
  10. Visions of Education Episode 10: C3 Frameworks with Kathy Swan


Sarah Shear is Assistant Professor of Social Studies Education at Penn State Altoona (which is fun to say…Altoona!). She can be contacted via email  – sbs5180@psu.edu – or you can follow (and chat with) on twitter – @SbShear!