ERIC Number: ED161566
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Indian Employment in New Mexico State Government.
Gerlach, Ernest J.; And Others
Examining employment of American Indians in New Mexico state government, the New Mexico Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights found little change between small numbers of Indian employees in 1972 and 1974 figures. Though the State Personnel Office has made efforts to institute new programs and policies related to Indian employment, major deterrents remain in the lower Indian educational level, location of state jobs away from Indian populations, and written qualification tests that are not always job related and which contain language and cultural barriers. Committee recommendations were made for each of the following findings: (1) only 2 percent of state government employees are Indians; (2) these employees are concentrated in three agencies (Employment Security Commission, Health and Social Services, Highway Department), and are predominately in lower paying positions; (3) specific standards are lacking for required state agency annual affirmative action plans; (4) written tests are still the main job qualification instrument; (5) an outreach program responsible for contacting and recruiting minority applicants and upgrading employees has had little impact; (6) no systemwide cultural awareness program exists to educate state personnel about Indian values and cultural needs; and (7) lack of consistent state effort to actively recruit American Indians for employment. (RS)
Descriptors: Affirmative Action, American Indian Reservations, American Indians, Cultural Awareness, Culture Fair Tests, Demography, Educationally Disadvantaged, Employed Women, Employment Opportunities, Employment Patterns, Employment Qualifications, Government Employees, Minority Groups, Personnel Policy, Rural Urban Differences, Salaries, State Government
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New Mexico State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, Santa Fe.
Identifiers - Location: New Mexico