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ERIC Number: ED350130
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-May-18
Reference Count: 0
Tribal Peoples of Turtle Island in Their Struggle with the Education System of the United States: A Focus on Tribal People of the Midwestern Woodlands.
Christensen, Rosemary Ackley
While criticizing misconceptions and bias about American Indian history and culture, this paper suggests that American Indians should make efforts to better the lives of their children by changing the educational process. In Minnesota, the Indian School Council in 1989 recommended that a public school district be established and controlled by American Indians. The bill failed in the Education Conference Committee of the Minnesota legislature. The passage of this bill would have been a positive step in improving the education of American Indian children. A target school, established in 1989 for American Indian children in Minneapolis (Minnesota), centralizes students to provide the help they need. There is a waiting list for children who want to attend this school. Another idea being explored involves having teachers demonstrate cultural competencies. These teachers would be capable of recognizing and understanding: (1) the cultural differences of the meaning of independence; (2) the importance of age respect; (3) the interrelationship of all living things; and (4) the use of indirect communication in disciplining children. If the American education system continues to be unsuccessful in educating American Indian children, American Indians will be forced to create a tribal-public sector for American Indian children. All children would be welcome to attend such schools, where independence of everyone is assumed, polite and subtle communication is the order of the day, decorous behavior to one's elders is the norm and the natural order of nature with connection to all living things is taught daily. (LP)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Minneapolis Public Schools, MN.
Note: Paper presented at the Congreso Mundia De Arguelogia 2, WACII (Barquisimento, Venezuela, September 4-8, 1990).