Tip 1, Toys and Games

**Discard any toy that perpetuates stereotypes on Native Americans.**

Avoid games that depict Native Americans as the bad guys such as "Cowboys and Indians" and some video games.

"Children get their information and images about Native Americans from a variety of sources which includes adults— particularly teachers, museum displays, food packages, advertisements, television, radio, movies, books, and toys. Many of these sources frequently transmit unfavorable stereotypes and inaccurate information about Native Americans thus preventing children from developing a realistic picture of past and contemporary Native life."

Arlene B. Hirschfelder, American Indian Stereotypes in the World of Children: A Reader and Bibliography, 2nd ed. (Lanham, Md.: Scarecrow Press, 1999), 139.