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April 20, 2017

Havre Daily News/Floyd Brandt

Annie Kling, M.Ed., talks Wednesday in the Student Union Building Ballroom at Montana State University-Northern about some of the cultural differences facing Native American youths. The lecture was part of the Little River Institute's Second Annual Indigenous Education Conference. Kling said Native students entering post-secondary education when asked questions that require a simple yes or no answer often are not raised to elaborate on their answers, that the question should be followed up with a question that allows the student to give a more in-depth answer. She also said that, in most Native cultures, it is taught that youth making full eye contact with elders is disrespectful, unlike the American tradition of looking elders in the eyes when answering a direct question. This can cause conflict in the classroom when the student wears sunglasses to class so that they do not come in direct eye contact with an elder, which includes making full eye contact with elders while answering a question.

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