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A statue of William Henry Harrison stands in the heart of downtown
Engraved below it is his claim to fame:
"Conqueror of the Indian Confederacy."
In Indianapolis, the state's American Indians are finding each other and a place to express their frustrations. The American Indian Center of Indiana (AICI) hosts monthly informal gatherings for the state's American Indians. They talk about issues affecting their community -- health, education and, of course, stereotypes.
"I had a 4-year-old boy walk up to me and said, 'Are you a real Indian?' I said 'Yes, I'm a real Indian,' and he said, 'Where's the rest of your team?" Kylo Prince, a Long Plain First Nation Indian
"'They're all dead,' she told me. "And I'm sitting
there looking at her."
"People say, 'Oh, you're Indian, so you sit around in your dance regalia all day eating fry bread?' No. We're professors, we're doctors, we're lawyers, we're museum curators."
White Wolf James, Pomo, curator at the Eiteljorg Museum
"My name was not Teresa. My name was Pocahontas."
Teresa Webb, Anishinaabe, about what her classmates called her.
Teresa Webb is Anishinaabe and grew up in Indiana. In 1st grade, she had the habit of flipping back her braids. The Anishinaabe revere their hair as a source of strength and power. But the boy behind her grew annoyed and took
matters -- and scissors -- in his own hands.
"The whole class started laughing, and I turned around and looked at
him, and there on his desk was my braid," she said.
Webb's mother tore up the check.
is storyteller at the Eiteljorg Museum. She also is recovering from breast cancer.
The chemotherapy took her precious hair.
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