Bill would make Native American history required learning in Illinois schools

Published: Apr. 18, 2023 at 11:45 PM CDT
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SPRINGFIELD (25News Now) - Schools would be required teach Native American history under a bill being considered by the Illinois Senate.

If passed, House Bill 1633 would require elementary and high school social studies classes to add the units starting in the 2024-2025 school year.

The Illinois Board of Education would work with the Native American community to create the coursework and provide the resources for schools.

“The words we say and the lessons we teach all guide the learning experiences of our youth, and as our children grow, we will use what we have learned to decide who they are and how they will be and how they will shape our society,” said Joseph Rupnick, the chairman of the Prairie Band Potowatomi Nation.

Bloomington State Rep. Sharon Chung (D-91st District) is among 30 House sponsors and four Senate sponsors of the legislation.

The bill passed out of committee on a 10-3 vote.

It now heads to the Senate floor.