ERIC Number: ED121492
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972
Reference Count: N/A
The Law of the People (Dine Bibee Haz'Aannii): A Bicultural Approach to Legal Education for Navajo Students, Volume 1.
Vicenti, Dan; And Others
Volume 1 of a 4-volume bilingual bicultural law-related curriculum is made up of legal case histories from traditional Navajo tribal and state court cases dealing with consumer problems and personal property disputes. These case histories, which were compiled by local legal specialists, provide "role playing" situations (buying a car, dealing with the trader) for Navajo high school and college students who exist in a pluralistic legal environment, and are a guide for others who deal with the Navajo people and their legal problems. Objectives of the consumer education volume include helping the student to: understand his own traditional law ways for handling consumer and property disputes and compare these to the Anglo law ways; recognize different informal dispute resolution techniques; understand how tribal and state courts can be used to get consumer protection; and understand the principles involved in contractual agreements, mortages, etc. Teaching devices include role playing in English and Navaho (in the classroom as well as in the community); use of the casebook (supplemented by video tapes); and community involvement (forming consumer cooperatives, investing in savings and loan associations). Evaluation (by paraprofessional parent teachers, local advocates, and students) is based on the ability of the students to understand Anglo legal concepts of dispute resolution and to express them in terms of local law ways. (AH)
Descriptors: American Indian Culture, Biculturalism, Bilingual Education, Case Studies, Community Involvement, Consumer Education, Curriculum Guides, Definitions, Evaluation Criteria, Legal Education, Navajo, Paraprofessional Personnel, Postsecondary Education, Resource Staff, Role Playing, Secondary Education
Ramah Navajo High School Press, Box 248, Ramah, New Mexico 87321 ($5.00 per volume; $20.00 for set of 4 volumes)
Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Elementary and Secondary Education (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC. Div. of Bilingual Education.
Authoring Institution: Ramah Navajo School Board, NM.