Skip to main content

Native American Activist Discusses Ban in Tucson

A Native American activist discusses the ban on Ethnic Studies and a variety of books in the Tucson Unified School District.
  • Author:
  • Updated:

Bill Means, American Indian Movement co-founder and a member of the board of the International Indian Treaty Council, recently spoke with Dennis Bernstein about the Ethnic Studies and Native American book ban at the Tucson Unified School District.

Means talks about how the ban, which includes some Native American authors, has affected Native American communities by taking role models away from Native youth. He says: "it becomes a racist policy because Indian people feel we are relegated to a lower class of people. We have no heroes, we have none of our own people we can look up to and say 'This is what they said, this is what their book has documented.' So it’s very detrimental to the mental well-being, the educational well-being, the character-building of Indigenous youth and children. And it’s one of the atrocities of the modern day, that is being committed in the educational systems of Arizona."

Read the full interview at