ERIC Number: ED190304
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
Variables Affecting Change at Laguna Elementary School.
Lockart, Barbetta L.
After nearly 14 years of non-Indian administration, Laguna Elementary School (LES) has acquired a principal and a teacher supervisor who are not merely Indian, but of the Laguna Tribe itself, making LES the only school in the Southern Pueblos Agency with Tribal members as administrators. At first glance the situation is ideal, but there are several stumbling blocks for the new administration. The first stems from the idea that because of ancestry, Laguna administrators must always be compatible with tribal culture and traditions. The second stems from the lack of previous Indian administrators and the "Anglo is best" syndrome. Both cause dissatisfaction with the new personnel. To date, community acceptance of the two is fluctuating. Philosophically, the Laguna community is divided into two major groups. The more innovative and progressive community members have in general a higher socio-economic status and educational level and have been away from the reservation much more. They tend to be in favor of change and in favor of Indian administrators or those with proven ability. The more traditional group tends to support the idea of Anglo administrators due to lack of Indian role models in the past. (SB)
Publication Type: Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Laguana (Pueblo); Laguna Reservation NM