ERIC Number: ED107392
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973
Reference Count: N/A
The Lummi Indian Demonstration Project.
Purpose of the Lummi Indian Demonstration Project was to improve the efficiency and utilization of services by locating a Department of Social and Health Services office on the Lummi Indian Reservation, involving Indians as project staff, and identifying and utilizing social welfare resources. Among its activities were to: establish a career ladder specifically designed to train and promote Indian personnel; assist the Lummis to define their needs and goals, to participate in the planning and development of a community-wide social welfare program, and to use local, state, and Federal systems to their optimal advantage; serve as an interpreter and catalyst in helping social agencies in the larger community to better appreciate and understand the Indian community; and promote a recognition and understanding of Indian values in the delivery of welfare services. The project was evaluated by documenting activity patterns and results and by subjective observation, coupled with selected findings from a comparison study of a similar Indian population without comparable project resources. Some findings were: (1) locating an office on the reservation resulted in increased usage of available departmental services, more contacts per case, and more rapid caseload change; and (2) involvement of tribal representatives with project staff gave Indians additional opportunities to cope with bureaucratic systems in meeting their needs. (Author/NQ)
Descriptors: American Indian Reservations, American Indians, Citizen Participation, Community Services, Cultural Differences, Demonstration Programs, Economically Disadvantaged, Low Income Groups, Poverty Areas, Social Isolation, Social Services, Social Welfare, Sociocultural Patterns, Welfare Services
Inter-Library Loan, Washington State Library, Olympia, Washington
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Washington State Dept. of Social and Health Services, Olympia.
Identifiers - Location: Washington