Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Singer Carries On With Teaching the Indian Way.

Byline: Diana Heil Journal Staff Writer

Years ago, Buffy Sainte-Marie converted her Hawaiian recording studio into an office for the Cradleboard Teaching Project.

Before she became a folk singer on the forefront of the 1960s protest movement, the Canadian-born Cree was a teacher.

Over the years, educators approached her at concerts, saying they just couldn't teach "this baloney anymore," she said.

The Academy Award-winning singer-songwriter tried her hand at writing curriculum for a school in Hawaii, where she lives.

"I'd be home, then I'd be on the road out doing concerts on reservations. Everything was very lively and a lot of fun," she said Friday. She was in Santa Fe for a Native American Higher Education conference. "Meanwhile, all these poor non-Indian kids in my own community were having to read this stupid stuff that was like 50 years out of date and wrong in the first place. …

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