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November 28, 2023

A Native American Writer and Attorney on Indigenous Cultures and Struggles

Ask students: Who is Albert Bender, and what is his background? Where does Albert Bender live? What is the Trail of Tears?


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Albert Bender is a writer, activist and attorney of Cherokee descent. Currently based in Tennessee, he has long been an advocate for Native American cultural preservation and justice. He shares his Brief But Spectacular take on Indigenous cultures and struggles.

For a transcript of this story, click here.

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Discussion Questions

  • Who is Albert Bender, and what is his background?
  • Where does Albert Bender live?
  • How did Albert Bender's great-great-grandfather die?
  • Why did Albert Bender become an attorney?
  • What was the Trail of Tears?

Focus Questions

In this story, Bender says that "the majority of the U.S. population is headed in the direction of seeing greater justice for Native American peoples and all oppressed peoples of this country." What do you think Bender is referring to as "greater justice"? What justice do you think he's hoping to promote?

Media literacy: How can news outlets bring more attention to forgotten people or groups of people?

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Republished with permission from PBS NewsHour Classroom.

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