Lasallians commemorate Indigenous people

Lasallians commemorated Indigenous people during a special assembly in November, known as Indigenous Peoples Month or National Native American Heritage Month.

During the assembly, several students stood at a lectern to explain several concerns of Native peoples, including sports teams that use distorted images of Native Americans as mascots. "Portraying their culture this way dehumanizes them and allows us to see them as less than worthy of justice," said Jonah Jutzi.

They also questioned why Christopher Columbus is celebrated. "We learn about Columbus in most history classes but why?" asked a student. "Why do we not learn about the millions of indigenous people who suffered due to Columbus’ actions?"

In addition to noting that La Salle sits on Chinook land, the students reflected on their fall immersion trip to Browning, Montana, where they worked with students at the De La Salle Blackfeet School on the Blackfeet reservation. They also prayed and said the Blackfeet anthem in Blackfeet as well as English:

"Let us remember…

Aiyo Ninna...

Creator God...

Isspommokit…

Hear our prayer...

Nohkohtokit…

Protect us...

Isspommokina…

Heal us...

Napioosin…

Make us old with wisdom.

Saint John Baptist de La Salle...pray for us.

Live Jesus in our hearts...forever."

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