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For decades social movements have worked to advocate for, secure, and protect the rights of minorities and other marginalized groups. The recovery and dissemination of historical memory has become an important part of efforts to explore and understand any particular group’s successes, failures, and challenges, and lesser-known peoples, places and events are often brought to the forefront as more and more research about them takes place. Nationally, the establishment of institutions such as the African Burial Ground National Monument, the Stonewall National Monument, and the Indian Memorial at Little Bighorn have become emblematic of past human rights failures, but many places, events and figures associated with minority rights are still not widely-known and remain outside of mainstream America’s collective cultural knowledge. Efforts to recover and document their “forgotten histories” can help form a better understanding of American life and culture.

To help construct a more complete record of a forgotten or disadvantaged community (as you define it), identify a significant and relatively unknown event, establishment, organization, environmental or health crisis, or figure associated with minority rights that your group believes should be more familiar to the general public, either in Wisconsin or on the national scale. Research the people, places, events, and issues relevant to your topic, analyze them, and propose innovative ways to mitigate the conflicts you discover. You may choose to work on contemporary or historical topics as you see fit, but keep in mind the “problem solving” nature of the assignment. As you develop your project, be sure to contact and interview people, organizations, and pertinent groups so you can incorporate their insights.


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Government Sources, Statistics, and Websites

Government sources

Administration for Native Americans

The Administration for Native Americans promotes self-sufficiency and cultural preservation for Native Americans by providing social and economic development opportunities through financial assistance, training, and technical assistance.

Bureau of Indian Affairs

The mission of the Bureau of Indian Affairs is to enhance the quality of life, to promote economic opportunity, and to carry out the responsibility to protect and improve the trust assets of American Indians, Indian tribes, and Alaska Natives.

Civil Rights Division, Department of Justice

The Civil Rights Division is responsible for enforcing federal statutes that prohibit discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, disability or national origin.

U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is responsible for processing immigration and naturalization applications and establishing policies regarding immigration services.