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ERIC Number: ED046609
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1965
Pages: 67
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The Right To Be Indian.
Schusky, E.
A major theme of this report is that civil rights problems of American Indians are particularly complex because Indians can claim special rights deriving from historical circumstance. Special legislation will be required to ensure their civil rights as citizens. Social change on the part of the Indian minority and white majority must also occur to protect Indians from now existing prejudice and discrimination. A beginning in any effort to extend civil rights is a simultaneous attack on poverty and on lack of self-government. Indian communities must be allowed to manage their own affairs, to administer their own social services in the same way as any other American community. Outside help in learning this management is not only desirable but essential; yet the "help" must clearly be assistance in learning, not management itself which is presently the case. Social control in any small community is going to vary at points from the American ideals. American ideals of toleration and appreciation of differences should allow Indians to evolve their own procedures and standards of justice with the frame of reference provided by the United States Constitution and applicable legislation. (Author/LS)
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Note: The American Historian Press, Inc. Classic Studies Reprint No. 1