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ERIC Number: ED041058
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Mar-26
Pages: 15
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The Mainstream--Where Indians Drown.
Archibald, Charles W., Jr.
A proposed solution to "the Indian problem" of economic dependence and psychological crippling, in comparison with the tragedy of the white man's well meaning "common sense" approach to "Get them into the Mainstream", is geared to the Indian's traditional orientation. The 18-year history of the Bureau of Indian Affairs relocation program will be used to illustrate the shortcomings of urban life for a people born to a oneness of man and nature, valuing sharing of their goods rather than accumulating, feeling a sense of being rather than competing to be, valuing the warmth of richness of the human relationships of the extended family, valuing the wisdom of the aged, and quietly carrying a dignity in the face of harsh conditions; permitting them to survive, adapt, and change in the hope that government and private supporters will understand the appropriateness of their efforts to reach economic independence in their home areas. The cultural contribution that the Indians can make to the white man if they are permitted to protect their values from being dissolved in complex urban life is considerable. (Author/JM)
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Note: Paper presented at the 47th Annual Meeting of the American Orthopsychiatric Association, San Francisco, Calif., March 23-26, 1970