As the story notes, "Potawatomi were the first settlers in Northwest Indiana." Although other Indians also lived in the area, let's focus on how authentically Potawatomi the teaching is.
Third-graders learn about area's American Indians
As we'll see, this instruction has the effect of positioning Indians as people of the past. Even if the presenter is an Indian himself. That's bad.
The "three sisters" may have been staples in many areas, but they weren't staples everywhere. They weren't on the Pacific Coast, for instance.
The name game
"Sunflower" wouldn't sound as impressive in Potawatomi or another Native language. Traditionally Indians bestowed names based on some omen, and flowers aren't dynamic enough to convey a message. "Stands with a Fist" is a more realistic female name than "Lily," "Blossom," or "Dew Drop."
"Strong Turtle" and "Whistling Bird" are less stereotypical than the usual made-up names based on hawks or wolves. They actually might be real Indian names somewhere.
The ridiculous names suggest why this naming game is a bad idea. It encourages children to envision Indian cultures as shallow and "fun." See "Funny" Indian Names for more on the problems with turning a solemn ritual into a children's lark.
Eagles and flutes
I guess some tribes may have sung about eagles. They probably were just as likely to sing about fish or insects, but you never hear about those songs.
But I bet traditional Indians didn't sing about eagles any more than modern Americans do. They probably sang about the usual themes: life, death, fate, love, beauty, growing up, growing old, etc. Eagles and wolves are what New Agers and other wannabes think Indian cultures are all about.
Overall, I guess this "education" is better than nothing. But the kids probably would learn more from watching modern-day Native movies or reading modern-day Native books or comic books.
Here's a thought. Along with the traditional (i.e., outdated) lore and artifacts, how about showing the kids some modern Indian products? You know...hip-hop records, video games, skateboards, fashion designs, snack foods, etc. Anything to prove that Native are still alive and thriving. Still producing arts and crafts and other cultural goods to meet today's needs.
For more on the subject, see The Basic Indian Stereotypes.
Below: Not your typical flute or basket. (A painting by Bunky Echo-Hawk.)