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ERIC Number: ED010966
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1961-Nov-9
Pages: 11
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TOWARD A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THE INDIAN AMERICAN.
PRATT, WAYNE T.
THIS DOCUMENT STATES THAT BETWEEN 1952 AND 1961 APPROXIMATELY 50,000 RESERVATION INDIANS WERE ASSISTED BY THE BUREAU OF INDIAN AFFAIRS TO RELOCATE IN MANY OF THE LARGER METROPOLITAN AREAS OF THE UNITED STATES. THEIR SUCCESS IN CITY LIFE HAS BEEN LARGELY DEPENDENT UPON SATISFACTORY ADJUSTMENT TO THE LOCAL URBAN COMMUNITY LIFE SO FOREIGN TO THEM. THE AUTHOR POINTS OUT THAT BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THE INDIAN AMERICAN IS NEEDED TO ASSIST THESE PEOPLE IN MAKING THE ADJUSTMENT. HE DISCUSSES THE INDIAN CONTRIBUTIONS TO AMERICAN LIFE, THEIR PRESENT NEEDS, THEIR CULTURAL, BEHAVIORAL, AND LANGUAGE PATTERNS, AND THEIR MAJOR CULTURAL CONCEPTS IN COMPARISON WITH WESTERN CULTURE. THE AUTHOR CONCLUDES THAT ORGANIZED GOVERNMENT CAN HELP INDIAN PEOPLE RELOCATE, BUT THE KEY FACTOR IN THE FINAL PROCESS OF SUCCESSFUL ADJUSTMENT AND FULL PARTICIPATION IN THE LIFE OF THE COMMUNITY IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY. THESE MEMBERS NEED TO HAVE A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THE PROBLEMS OF THE INDIAN AMERICAN. THIS PAPER IS AN EXTENSION OF REMARKS GIVEN AT THE NAIRO CONFERENCE (SAN FRANCISCO, NOVEMBER 9, 1961). (RB)
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Identifiers: California (San Francisco)