State Tourism Office Partners with Lehigh to Promote Native American Culture

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Though Pennsylvania is rich with Native American history, the lack of tribal communities remaining in the state means that the understanding of that history is either inaccurate or incomplete. “Hundreds of years of colonialistic and assimilationist U.S. federal Indian policies have contributed to this, as well as biases and prejudice among non-Native individuals, communities and institutes,” said Sean Daley, director of the Institute for Indigenous Studies at Lehigh.  The IIS and the Pennsylvania Tourism Office will be using a grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission to try to correct that, by working with federally recognized tribes to create a plan designed to highlight the state's indigenous stories, cultures and histories.  Read the full story here.