‘We didn’t all just disappear,’ says American Indian who wants heritage taught in N.J. schools – NJ.com

When Harold Willard wanted to bring American Indian heritage to his hometown, he and his wife, Linda, helped organize Somerville’s first Native American Heritage Celebration.
Willard says last month’s festival created the opportunity to educate people. He now hopes to convince educators to extend learning about Native American culture into schools.
“Native American aboriginal people of New Jersey are still here. We didn’t all just disappear and vanish,” said Willard, 80, of the Tsalagi Nation, known as Cherokee. “Unless you communicate with us, you don’t know who we are as far as our culture and what our heritage is. The knowledge of us being here is not being taught in the schools and to the children.”
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