ERIC Number: ED173007
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
American Indian Language and Culture Education Act.
Passed by the Minnesota legislature in 1977, the innovative American Indian Language and Culture Education Act provided for the establishment of American Indian language and culture education programs designed (1) to make the curriculum more relevant to the needs, interest, and cultural heritage of American Indian pupils, (2) to provide positive reinforcement of the self-image of American Indian pupils, and (3) to develop intercultural awareness among pupils, parents and staff. Major provisions implemented were a statewide needs assessment, development of an Indian language teacher licensing process and employment guidelines, and creation of a statewide advisory task force on American Indian Language and Culture Education. Appropriations totaling $600,000 funded 11 pilot projects. Seven of these projects focused on Ojibwe, Dakota, and Winnebago cultural, language, and art development programs. Several projects provided pre-school programs to develop sensory-motor and early reading skills as well as cultural awareness. Publication of Ojibwe story books for use in grades pre-school through 6 and a Red Lake junior and senior high history book resulted from another project. A camp experience project exposed students to traditional Ojibwe life styles. Appendices contain the 1977 Act, a list of the advisory task force on American Indian Language and Culture Education, and the geographic locations of the 11 pilot projects. (NEC)
Descriptors: Advisory Committees, American Indian Culture, American Indian Education, American Indian Languages, Certification, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Education, Curriculum Development, Elementary Secondary Education, Ethnic Studies, Intercultural Programs, Multicultural Education, Ojibwa, Outdoor Education, Parent Participation, Preschool Education, Self Concept, State Legislation, State Programs, Tribes
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
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Sponsor: Minnesota State Dept. of Education, St. Paul. Indian Section.
Authoring Institution: N/A