"We consider ourselves human beings": The Education of Clarence Three Stars

"We consider ourselves human beings": The Education of Clarence Three Stars

Philip Burnham’s article, “‘We consider ourselves human beings’: The Education of Clarence Three Stars,” examines the life of a Lakota advocate who lived through a time of significant change. Born before the establishment of the reservation system, Three Stars was educated in Indian boarding schools in the East and died shortly before the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934. As a teacher, lawyer and tribal leader, he fought for improvements in the lives of the Lakota population. Burnham has a Ph.D. in American Studies and taught at Sinte Gleska University on the Rosebud Indian Reservation. He is a former correspondent for “Indian Country Today.”