ERIC Number: ED180713
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Oct-22
Reference Count: N/A
Volume I: Testimony. Hearing Before the United States Commission on Civil Rights (Window Rock, Arizona, October 22-24, 1973).
Three days of hearings held on the Reservation at Window Rock, Arizona focused on the civil rights of the people of the Navajo Nation. Seeking to explore those areas of economic and social development in which the Navajo could better attain self-determination, the Commission heard testimony on economic development, private employment, health care, and education. Among the witnesses were representatives from state and federal agencies, tribal officials and medical personnel. Testimony was offered by individuals as well as in panel discussions. Peter MacDonald, Chairman of the Navajo Tribal Council, listed control of the schools, economic development programs, and resource development as the basic and primary goals in attaining Navajo civil rights. He cited the slowness of the bureaucratic machinery as being particularly frustrating to tribal development plans. In a panel discussion a Bureau of Indian Affairs official and an anthropologist suggested that the Navajo should be viewed as an underdeveloped nation; help offered should then be considered as an aid to a developing nation rather than merely as another federal program. A panel of doctors and hospital administrators described the severe shortage of medical personnel, equipment, and facilities, citing inadequate funding as the causative factor. The lengthy session on education heard from school administrators, teachers, students, and parents the problems involved in educating the children and youth. (DS)
Descriptors: American Indian Education, American Indian Reservations, American Indians, Bilingual Education, Civil Rights, Demography, Economic Development, Educational Needs, Elementary Secondary Education, Employment, Federal Indian Relationship, Health Services, Natural Resources, Public Schools, Self Determination, Tribal Sovereignty, Tribes
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Commission on Civil Rights, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A