Custer Died for Your Sins: An Indian Manifesto Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. What criteria, according to the author, do whites use to say that they "understand" Indians?

Whites believe that they know Indians if they take a trip through Arizona or New Mexico, or watch a documentary on TV, or knew an Indian during military service, or read a popular book on "them."

2. What happens every summer with work camps and teenagers? What do the teenagers learn in one month that adults do not understand? What is the author's point about this program?

Each summer, work camps disgorge teenagers on various reservations. Within one month's time, the youngsters acquire knowledge of Indians that would astound a college professor. The author's point about this program is that these teenagers, after having spent a month on the reservation, learn more about the Indians than other adults learn in a lifetime. The author thinks it is a good program that relates the best side of the American Indian.

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