Dilemmas + Decisions presents real-life issues related to democracy and freedom as experienced and conceived by high school-aged media groups from across the nation.
The students at New Mexico’s Santa Fe Indian School – itself considered a sovereign nation – look at what that means within the context of being a citizen of a larger democratic society.
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Video Essay: Santa Fe Indian School: A Nation Within a Nation
The Santa Fe Indian School is a former Bureau of Indian Affairs school that in 2000 was granted sovereignty, the right to be a “nation within a nation.”
Students provide a brief history of the Santa Fe Indian School and interview adults and fellow students to learn definitions of sovereignty and self-determination, and their effects on the community.
Launch the video Santa Fe Video Essay Running time: 5 minutes, 38 seconds File size: 4.89Mb
Students from the Santa Fe Indian School’s Gifted and Talented Program introduce themselves and show how they produced their documentary essay.
Launch the video Santa Fe Profile Running time: 2 minutes, 18 seconds File size: 1.97Mb
Santa Fe Indian School Gifted and Talented Program: Santa Fe, NM
The Gifted and Talented program has approximately 60 students from over 20 regional tribes, of which a small group is committed to producing video. Santa Fe Indian School was founded in 1889 as a federal boarding school for Indian children. Through the Indian Self-Determination Act in 1975, administration of the school was transferred to the American Indian Pueblo Council.