"The Rez We Live On" Debunks Myths About
By Andi Murphy
Condensed by Native
Montana: The Confederated Salish and
Kootenai Tribes on the Flathead
Reservation have created "The Rez We Live
On," a new website that plays "myth
busters" regarding Native American issues.
The Rez We Live On's home page has Jib Jab-like
characters who represent the racial
variety of western Montana. Each
character introduces a myth regarding
Native Americans. Then a short animated video
talks more in depth about an issue and
helps us better understand the real
Some concepts The Rez We Live On
addresses are that Natives
get [don't get] free college education and health
care, non-Natives can't [can] be arrested by
Native police and per capita payments come
[don't come] from taxpayers' dollars.
"We got some great, great response from
this," said Robert McDonald, tribal
communications director. "So far so
McDonalds' inspiration for The Rez We
Live On was triggered by a
University of Montana student.
Marli Harmon, 19, is a non-Native
originally from Polson, Mont., on the
Flathead Reservation. She
the tribe with questions for one of her
"I grew up 15 years there, and I didn't
know much," Marli said.
Marli is pleased with the Salish and
Kootenai's The Rez We Live On.
She says it is a neat,
user-friendly and approachable way to
tell others that this is what the tribe
"I like it," Harmon said. "It presents
the material in a fresh way."
So far, the site is doing well. It has received good comments and emails from
viewers. It is even endorsed by
Montana State Superintendent of Public
"If you improve the education around
you, it helps to build a better
relationship if you understand who
Indian people are" said James
Steele Jr., chairman of the Confederated
Salish and Kootenai Tribes."
He hopes other tribes get
out their stories and educate the
public about Native American government
"It's a positive thing for all tribes,"
The Rez We live on:
Fun website that Debunks Myths about
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