ERIC Number: ED113097
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: N/A
Education and the Urban Indian.
Morris, Joann Sebastian
Due to the Federal relocation programs, American Indian migration to urban areas has intensified over the past 20 years. The Indian who moves from the reservation to the city encounters an alien culture and, consequently, experiences immense difficulties in securing employment, housing, health services, and fair, unprejudiced treatment from law enforcement and other city/county officials. Although the Federal government has publcly recognized its failure to promote Indian assimilation via relocation, the pressures to integrate have been perpetuated by the urban educational institutions. Among the many adjustment problems encountered by urban Indian elementary and secondary students are: (1) cultural differences; (2) alien learning styles; (3) language differences; (4) parental transiency; (5) economically imposed truancy; (6) norm oriented teaching materials; and (7) prejudicial attitudes on the part of school personnel. Suggested means for "Indianizing" the standard urban school include: (1) promoting Indian visibility via parent organizations; (2) providing curriculum flexibility to include the Indian view point; (3) utilizing teaching materials relevant to Indians; (4) utilizing small group and self-directed instruction techniques; and (5) retraining and sensitizing non-Indian school personnel to accept cultural differences. (JC)
Descriptors: Adjustment (to Environment), American Indians, Cultural Differences, Educational Problems, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Materials, Relocation, School Personnel, Sensitivity Training, Social Services, Teaching Methods, Urban American Indians, Urban Population
Not available separately, see RC 008 797. ERIC/CRESS, Box 3AP, Las Cruces, NM 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.