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February 2, 2015 at 6:00 AM

Why Washington schools fail to teach Native American history

When I first heard that Washington lawmakers proposed a law that would require public schools to teach Native American history, culture and government, my reaction was: why? This is 2015, not 1950! How is it possible that Washington – my dear, progressive home state – could be failing to teach important aspects of state history? Well,…


Comments | Topics: Education, history, Native Americans

May 7, 2014 at 11:38 AM

Publisher Frank Blethen reflects on Billy Frank Jr.’s passing

One black eye in The Seattle Times’ 117-year history is our coverage of minorities through the years. Most troublesome for me was the coverage of the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. Things began to improve slowly after the Vietnam War debacle. Billy Frank Jr. and our focus on the treatment of Indian fishing…


Comments | Topics: Billy Frank Jr., fishing rights, Frank Blethen