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ERIC Number: ED075133
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Apr-1
Pages: 21
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Developing a Native American Studies Program.
Whiteman, Henrietta V.
The development of Native American Studies (NAS) is an attempt at self-awareness and an exercise in self-determination. One area of concern in the development of a program for Native Americans is their high attrition rate in college. Specially designed programs for the Native American student could offer (1) Native American student orientation programs, (2) mini-workshops on note-taking, the use of the library, and research paper writing techniques, (3) academic, financial, and personal counseling services, (4) tutorial programs, and (5) social "get acquainted" activities. Another problem related to the development of NAS programs is the necessity of having a majority of faculty and staff of the same ethnic origin as the students. Once the program has begun to solve these 2 problems, a third problem results: too few Native American college graduates return to their home environment or reservation, or even find their way into Indian-oriented organizations--wherever they may be located. It is further contended that although the Indian student can become involved in such a program, the courses included in the curriculum must be academically sound and responsive to and reflective of the needs of its particular students and community. It is concluded that the finished product of NAS can only result through the initiative taken by Native Americans and educators to incorporate time-tried perspectives into the new academic perspective of NAS. (HBC)
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Note: Paper presented at the National Teacher Corps Conference, Denver, Colorado, April 26-29, 1973