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ERIC Number: ED073898
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Apr-29
Pages: 31
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How Does a Native American Deal with Society?
Deloria, Vine, Jr.
American Indian Education has been built upon the premise that the Indian had a great deal to learn from the white man and that the white man represented the highest level of achievement that mankind had reached in the evolutionary process. Education is supposed to teach the Indian respect for law and order while he watches the law being violated before his eyes. The Indian is taught to revere knowledge while he watches incompetents achieve the most startling success. He is taught to expect an equal opportunity while he knows that he will be denied that opportunity because of his race. If Indian education is to succeed in the tribal setting, the communities must become, as they were in the past, the producers of education. The way to initiate this change is to work on the content of education and not on the techniques and procedures of education. The study of tribal customs must be initiated, and they must be taught in school on an equal basis with other academic subjects. Indians must have basic courses in reading, writing, and arithmetic to serve as tools for the real educational experience of learning the traditions, customs, and beliefs of the tribal community. That communities produce educational experiences, educational training does not produce communities is a basic thesis to which the community colleges are making a significant contribution by providing centers for an ongoing cultural life. (FF)
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Note: Paper presented at the Native American Teacher Corps Conference (Denver, Colorado, April 26-29, 1973)