Before a Chippewa teen-ager went on a killing spree in Minnesota, the Christian Science Monitor researched a series on Native American education. To summarize: The kids aren’t all right.
In response to this story on Cherokee immersion classes, Amritas, a linguistics professor now working in the private sector, is skeptical that Cherokee can be revived as a living language by teaching it in school. People learn and use a second language when they need it. Cherokees can do everything they need — except talk to elderly relatives — in English.
A middle school in the Seattle-Tacoma area may be named for Bob Satiacum, a Puyallup Indian activist who was arrested for fishing rights protests, and for conspiring to murder a rival and molesting a child. From a Seattle Times column:
In 1982, Satiacum was convicted of racketeering, selling contraband cigarettes, illegal gambling and the murder-for-hire plot.
Claiming he was being punished for his activism, he fled to Canada.
There he was accused of fondling a girl and convicted by a Canadian court. He died of heart failure waiting to be sent back to the U.S. to face possible life in prison.
Leaving aside the other felonies, naming a school for a convicted child molester seems like a bad idea to me.