ERIC Number: ED186174
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Community Education and the Urban Indian.
Lockart, Barbetta L.
Because the circumstances and problems of the urban American Indian are unique and are not being met by public education and service agencies, urban Indians across the nation have joined together within their communities and taken steps to help address their special social, educational, cultural, economic, and political needs. The establishment of Indian centers offering such services as health clinics, drug and alcohol programs, GED courses, birth control clinics, baby clinics, language classes, day care centers, recreation programs, cultural activities, housing and job assistance is one method Indian people have utilized to help themselves. Educational services including tutoring programs, counseling, and textbook review committees have been provided by some community centers to supplement school district programs in an effort to more adequately prepare students for participation in the dominant society while allowing them to maintain their Indian identity. Community centers can also help urban Indians maintain their culture by providing facilities for the display of Indian arts and crafts. Each center is unique, but they all offer Indians, many of whom are new to the urban setting, a place where they can relax, stabilize, and feel the security of meeting other Indian people who have similar problems and needs. These centers may be funded through HEW (Indian monies), philanthropists, community education monies, or any number of sources. (NEC)
Descriptors: Acculturation, Adult Learning, American Indian Education, American Indians, Community Centers, Community Education, Cultural Activities, Cultural Awareness, Ethnicity, Lifelong Learning, Needs, Nonschool Educational Programs, Self Help Programs, Social Differences, Social Influences, Social Services, Urban American Indians, Urban Areas
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the New Mexico State Community Education Conference (Las Cruces, NM, April 1980).