I’ve developed an increasing concern over this issue as I’ve heard what my children learn about ‘Indians’ in school. Colorin Colorado just posted a very helpful article discussing how to celebrate Thanksgiving and honor Native Americans in culturally appropriate and non-stereotypical ways. It articulated a lot of the reasons behind my discomfort with this topic. This article has some practical suggestions and a bunch of book recommendations.
UPDATE: Eugene Cho just posted an excellent reflection on similar ideas, and expands more on what makes me so uncomfortable… There’s a TEDS Talk on this same post that delves even further into the issue.