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Shawnee Tribe Needs Answers | Diversity In Craft Beer Industry

A sign at the Shawnee Indian Mission that reads, "East Building  Erected in 1840-41: provided a chapel and classrooms, and living quarters for teachers, Indian boys slept in the attic. The first territorial legislature met here in 1855 and enacted the so-called Bogus Laws in an attempt to perpetuate slavery in Kansas"
Carlos Moreno
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KCUR
A sign at the Shawnee Mission historical site.

The tribe wants to know if indigenous children are buried at the Shawnee Indian Mission, and how the ranks of those who make artisanal beer are becoming more diversified.

Segment 1, beginning at 1:00: With only 12 of the mission's original 2,000 acres still in state hands, the Shawnee Tribe may never find where children who died at the school were buried.

Prompted by the finding of 215 unmarked graves in Canada, the U.S Department of the Interior is launching a comprehensive review of its practices "with an emphasis on cemeteries or potential burial sites."

The Shawnee Indian Mission, in Fairway, Kansas is of particular interest to the Shawnee tribe. Even though it was a Native American boarding school, it may not be part of the federal project since it was not a forced enrollment, government-mandated boarding school.

Nonetheless, the tribe is pushing for an investigation of the mission to determine if there are any burial sites on the grounds. Chief Ben Barnes of the Shawnee Tribe believes that "It's not a question of if there's children that died at Shawnee Indian Mission, it's a known fact."

Segment 2, beginning at 26:59: Historically, the craft beer industry has consisted mainly of white, straight men.

The number of microbreweries in this country has grown tremendously in the last 15 years with more than 8,700 in operation in 2020. Still, nearly 90% of brewery owners are white, compared to less than 1% of owners who are Black. Beer historian Pete Dulin believes "when there's not diversity or inclusiveness in the industry, it can create problems for workers in that industry and limit the economic growth of the industry itself."

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