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Civic Minds in The Seattle Times

Program Content for October 24, 2014

Date:  Friday, October 24, 2014

E-Edition Date:  Sunday, October 19, 2014

Article Title:  Buffalo soldier deserves burial in Arlington, Bellevue man says

Section:  NW Sunday, B1


Vocabulary Review: Century


“The headstone of 1st Sgt. Emanuel Stance, a buffalo soldier and Medal of Honor recipient, has stood in Fort McPherson National Cemetery in Maxwell, Neb., for over a century.”



Please look up the definition of century and use in a sentence, using your own words.






Comprehension Questions






1.      Who were the Buffalo Soldiers?


2.      Who is James Nelson?  How did he learn about Emanuel Stance’s name?  What is his mission?


3.      Where is the headstone of 1st Sgt. Emanuel Stance, a buffalo soldier and Medal of Honor recipient, currently placed?


4.      At first, Nelson sought out potential relatives for permission, a difficult task given what circumstances?


5.      Current federal laws forbid disinterment from national cemeteries without permission from whom?


6.      After a year of research turned up nothing but dead ends, Nelson lobbied U.S. Rep. Adam Smith, D-Bellevue, a ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee, to add an amendment to this year’s National Defense Authorization Act that would create what?


7.      Smith followed through, adding the amendment to a defense-budget bill that has passed the House of Representatives. Yet even if the Senate approves it, too, what other political groups need to allow reburials of this nature?


8.      So far, have military officials shown interest in allowing Nelson to relocate Stance or a Medal of Honor buffalo soldier buried in Vancouver, Wash., that Nelson recently decided he wants to take to Arlington as well?


9.      Sara Elton, chief of operations for several national military cemeteries in the Midwest, said officials in charge of Arlington National Cemetery are against moving Stance. She believes that Arlington didn’t become a popular burial ground until what happened in 1963?








Class Discussion Questions and Essay Prompts:







·        Did you know who the Buffalo Soldiers were before reading this article?

·        Why were they called Buffalo Soldiers?  Who gave them that nickname?

·        Why do you think Nelson is so passionate about this issue?



The prestige of being buried at Arlington is largely overblown, she said, noting that most of the nation’s 3,492 Medal of Honor recipients are buried all over the country in private cemeteries and national ones. Arlington until the late, she added.



“Being buried at another national cemetery isn’t a second choice — it is the choice,” she said. “It’s not a travesty that Stance isn’t buried at Arlington. I want to hug this veteran for taking this on as a cause, but I promise: We are taking care of Emanuel.”


·        Do you agree or disagree with Elton’s statement?  Why or why not?




“The buffalo soldier story is such an untold story about people who were mistreated, but still showed a great love for America,” she said.



“Being buried at Arlington is an American tradition — it’s one of the highest honors that there is,” she added. “Burying him at Arlington would be the proper way to give him honor and respect.”



·        Do you agree or disagree with the above statement?  Why or why not?





Do you believe that being buried in any national cemetery is an honor for a soldier or veteran?  Do you think Stance’s body should be moved to Arlington?  Why or why not?


Newspaper-related CBA activity:  U.S. Policy


How the United States government interacts with the world affects people across the globe.  Analyze and evaluate the causes and effects of US foreign policy on people in the United States and across the world.


·        Using The Seattle Times e-edition, find an article from this week that deals with world politics or foreign policy. 

·        What are the main points of view from someone living in that particular country?  How is that “view” similar and different than your own opinion, regarding the specific issue the article is discussing?

·        Why is it important to study and learn about foreign policy?  How does it help you understand the world we live in, using current issues and events?  



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