ERIC Number: ED191602
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Mar-29
Reference Count: 0
Sando, Joe S.
A program for teaching techniques of critical thinking on issues concerning American Indians was developed for students at Albuquerque Indian School. It was designed to include not only the students but also their families with learning activities that required consultation in search of answers or understanding. The first issue presented sought to help students define a strong Indian culture, identify the factors that create it, and analyze their own particular situations. Learning activities included class discussions, supplementary reading, and written reports. Another section is devoted to the philosophy of original Indian education as it discusses Carlisle Institute and the Americanization of the American Indian. Other units deal with aspects of Indian land holding, Indian water rights, and the long fight of the Taos Indians to regain ownership of Blue Lake. A section entitled "The New World" compares Native American attitudes toward the land with those held by European settlers. Citing Native Americans as the original conservationists, it points out that they inhabited this continent for thousands of years in harmony with nature; the Europeans, in contrast, took but 500 years to wreck the land, destroy the wildlife, deplete the resources and pollute the environment. Each of the units of this program features goals, content material, resource materials, and learning activities. (DS)
Descriptors: American Indian Culture, American Indian Education, American Indian Studies, American Indians, Conservation (Environment), Critical Thinking, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Background, Cultural Differences, Dropout Rate, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Indian Relationship, Instructional Materials, Learning Activities, Reading Materials, Resource Units, Self Concept, Tribes, Trust Responsibility (Government), Values Education
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: All Indian Pueblo Council, Albuquerque, NM.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: American Indian History; Carlisle Institute PA; New Mexico; Pueblo (People); Water Rights