ERIC Number: ED366470
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Teaching Cultural Values and Building Self-Esteem.
The Menominee Pride Program was a whole-language summer program developed for first grade students at the Menominee Tribal School in Keshena, Wisconsin. The purpose of the program was to increase students' self-esteem by imparting Native values, culture, and language. The curriculum focused on three legends of the Menominee culture and emphasized culturally relevant values identified by Menominee community members. Program staff received training regarding key elements of Menominee culture. This program came about in response to a lack of Native language and culture programs and to an educational process that lowers the self-esteem of Native students by isolating them from their elders in restrictive, enclosed environments. This paper suggests that tribal school systems must enhance tribal sovereignty by ensuring that cultural and spiritual needs are being addressed through integration of Native history, language, and culture. The Menominee Pride Program was successful in increasing academic skills, improving student interaction, and improving student attitudes toward school. Appendices include a list of values for Menominee schools, a Menominee value statement stressing the importance of family bonding, and the Menominee Pledge. (LP)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Cultural Values; Culturally Relevant Curriculum; Menominee (Tribe)
Note: B.A. Requirements, NAES College/Menominee Study Site.