Teaching Case - Annie Tallent (A)

Annie Tallent (A)


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    A school board official in South Dakota is faced with a demand by local Indian tribes to change the name of the Annie Tallent School. Annie Tallent was among the first white pioneers to arrive in the Black Hills and became a leader in education. She was the first schoolteacher, first principal, and first superintendent of the school district. But her writings about her experience contained references to Indians that are believed by Native Americans today to be demeaning and offensive. For this reason, they have demanded a change in the name of the school. When it is time to decide the question, the school board is evenly divided, and the protagonist in the case has to cast the decisive vote.

    Learning Objective:
    The case raises questions about the meaning of racism and how to be responsive to the concerns of minority communities.

  • Other Details

    Publication Date: September 01, 1998
    HKS Case Number: 1460.0
    Case Author: Stephen McCarthy
    Faculty Lead: Kenneth Winston
    Pages (incl. exhibits): 3
    Setting: United States
    Language: English
    _year: Older than 2000
    _pages: 1-15
    _geography: US & Canada
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