ERIC Number: ED224759
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Ethnicity and Political Trust: Arapahoe and Shoshoni Children.
Murdock, Margaret Maier
The relationship between ethnicity and political trust among American Indian elementary school children was determined for federal, state, and tribal levels. A total of 312 Arapahoe, Shoshoni, and white students were questioned to determine whether they thought each level of government could be trusted, whether the government cares about them and their families, and whether individuals have little to do with governmental activities. Ethnicity of the American Indian students was determined as high, low, or medium in accordance with the degree to which their native language was spoken in the home and their knowledge of religious tradition. American Indian children were less trusting than white children of federal and state governments, high levels of ethnicity producing lower levels of trust in federal and state governments and higher levels of trust in tribal government. Conversely, low levels of ethnicity produced higher levels of trust in federal and state government and lower levels of trust in tribal government. Children with medium ethnicity were the least trusting, regardless of the level of government. (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Arapahoe (Tribe); Shoshone (Tribe); Trust
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association (Denver, CO, September 2-5, 1982).