Reflections & Provocations
★In 2016, President Obama announced that Andrew Jackson would be replaced on the $20 bill by Harriet Tubman. Do you agree with this decision? What are the arguments for and against removing historical figures from money? From public places like buildings and parks?
★ In 2015, the Eastern Shawnee Tribe bought back 50 acres in Ohio that used to belong to a tribal member. Should the government support the return of Native Americans to their ancestral territory if that is their wish? If Indian tribes return to an area, should the land revert to ‘Indian Country’ status, enabling them to live by their own laws, rather than those of the states and nation around them?
★ At an Ohio football game in October 2016, cheerleaders unfurled a banner proclaiming ‘Hey Indians Get Ready for a Trail of Tears.’ What obligation does society have to be sensitized to past events and to the sentiments of particular groups?