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ERIC Number: ED330519
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Pages: 20
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Assessing American Indian Needs in New Mexico.
French, Laurence; And Others
This paper focuses on New Mexico's high-risk Indian children and programs. Specifically, Western New Mexico University has been involved with the Gallup/McKinley public school district, the largest school district (5,000 square miles) in the United States (larger than New Jersey) with a school population that is 73% Indian. This paper examines specific Navajo acculturation variables linking to culture conflict, socioeconomic issues creating extreme environmental trauma, and testing bias issues resulting in inappropriate placement decisions. A profile of the high-risk Navajo child is created based on recent research data. This profile includes the following factors: no established language dominance in either English or Navajo, lack of knowledge about Navajo traditions, frequent changes of residence, no community involvement, lack of bonding with either parent, recent divorce or family death, frequent illness in family, parental drug or alcohol abuse, financial support from a public agency, lack of running water and electricity in home, and remote residence with no transportation. In order to identify high-risk children, an adequate assessment should include: (1) giving a comprehensive interview; (2) taking all steps to avoid testing bias; (3) analyzing the child's learning style; and (4) determining the appropriate counseling intervention models. This paper includes 39 references. (SV)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers: Gallup McKinley School District NM; Navajo (Nation); New Mexico