ERIC Number: ED113076
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: N/A
The Importance of Indian Studies to Interracial Understanding.
Since American Indians have been traditionally stereotyped by educational textbooks and commercial media, it is no wonder that the majority of the U.S. population has very little real knowledge of Native American religion, philosophy, art, music, or general cultural traditions. Within mainstream institutions, this lack of knowledge and/or interest seriously impedes implementation of the Equal Employment Opportunity Act of 1972 (EEO), for EEO does not adequately clarify what constitutes Indian identity nor does it account for the established white middle class employment standards applied to Indian applicants. Responses to a questionnaire recently administered to professionals in the Federal system and the private sector clearly illustrate a preponderance of casual, superficial attitudes toward Indians. For example, among the 5 educators who responded to the questionnaire, only 1 perceived a need for Indian Studies. It is evident that no matter how important the EEO Act is, it cannot undo decades of academic injustice and that it is only through change in our educational institutions (K-college) that we can begin to mitigate the stereotypes and the middle class standards applied to Indians. Ethnic studies courses are needed now, but eventually the study of Indian culture must be expanded into the traditional academic fields. (JC)
Descriptors: American Indians, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Differences, Educational Needs, Elementary Secondary Education, Employment Opportunities, Ethnic Stereotypes, Ethnic Studies, Higher Education, Middle Class Culture, Professional Personnel, Racial Relations
Not available separately, see RC 008 779. ERIC/CRESS, Box 3AP, Las Cruces, New Mexico 88003 (on loan)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Office of Indian Education.
Authoring Institution: Navajo Community Coll., Tsaile, AZ.; American Indian Resource Associates, Oglala, SD.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Equal Employment Opportunity Act 1972