Indian boarding schools
ZITKALA-SA (pen name of writer and activist Gertrude Simmons Bonnin, exposed the hardships faced by students at Native American boarding schools by writing about her own experiences as a student and as a teacher, published a book of tribal folklore called Old Indian Legends, founder of the National Council of American Indians for better treatment for all Native Americans)
Where the Spirit Live ~ "Many people would be shocked to know that Native American children were abducted and sent to Christian boarding schools as late as the Great Depression. Komi is one such child, forced to abandon her language and beliefs and adhere to Catholicism. She even has to go by a new name: Amelia. Although it's set in Canada, similar things happened in the U.S. As a high school English teacher, I find this film a great tool to teach kids about tolerance and the consequences it…"
Zitkala-Sa is inspirational because she was a writer and activist in a time when Native Americans were viewed as less than people. She fought for better treatment of her people. Being a good person and doing what's right regardless of the opposition of the majority or powerful is always a hard task, but we should all strive to be more like this woman.