ERIC Number: ED162802
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
A Conceptual Framework for the Study and Analysis of Indian Communities. Second in a Series of Monographs for Social Work Practice with American Indians.
Brown, Eddie F.
Designed for presentation in three two-hour class periods, this five-unit module presents both a conceptual framework for the study and analysis of Indian communities and a guide to instructors in schools of social work for presentation of this framework to students in a classroom setting. Primary focus is upon federally recognized tribal reservations. Unit One deals with the 200 year old federal-Indian trust relationship and presents Indian tribal communities as sovereign and separate political entities. Unit Two discusses tribal communities as social systems with developed sub systems and social groupings designed to meet community members' needs. History and effects of federal Indian policy on tribal communities are examined in Unit Three along with the assertion that federal legal obligations and services have had the intended effect of reducing Indian tribal communities from self-reliance to economic dependency. Also explored is the inability of present American Indian communities to meet tribal members' needs; this situation is not the direct fault of Indian tribal systems but the failure of outside institutional systems imposed on tribal communities to alleviate the "Indian Problem". Unit Four examines the concept of Indian self-determination along with its implications for social work practice. Unit Five deals with social work practice with American Indian communities and states that social workers' understanding of the special conditions afforded Indian tribal communities through treaties and the Constitution provide a base for developing a strong advocate role. Study guide activities are provided to help the learner effectively utilize the conceptual framework presented. (Author/DS)
Descriptors: American Indian Reservations, American Indians, Community Characteristics, Curriculum Guides, Ethnography, Federal Legislation, Federal Programs, Government Role, Higher Education, Learning Modules, Research Methodology, Self Determination, Social Characteristics, Social Systems, Social Work, Social Workers, Teaching Guides, Treaties, Tribal Sovereignty, Tribes
Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Arizona State Univ., Tempe. School of Social Work.