Former Jamestown College prof
bases games on N.D. tribes
Condensed by Native Village
Dakota: AnnMaria De Mars
wants to teach math to children
while incorporating Native
American history, as told by the
And she wants it to be fun.
“The thing about the game I like is — it’s just fun,” De Mars said. “Test scores are going up, but the kids are also having a really good day.”
It is now being tested by students on the Spirit Lake Reservation, where the first of the seven-game series is based.
“We’re trying to insert as much cultural content as possible,” said Erich Longie of Spirit Lake Nation who is testing the game in Spirit Lake elementary classrooms “We want to give students history from our side.”
says consulting with Longie
keeps the Spirit Lake game
accurate and assures that it
doesn’t exploit parts of the
Dakota culture considered
De Mars’ company has received over $500,000 in federal grants to create these games. It has also received money through Kickstarter.com and other investors. Kickstarter funding allows the company to donate 1,000 game licenses to schools and after-school programs.
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