ERIC Number: ED187502
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
American Indian Community Controlled Education: "Determination for Today, Direction for Tomorrow".
Dupris, Joseph C.
The reemergence in the 1960's of the traditional Indian philosophy of education as preparation for societal productivity coincided with a movement within Indian communities toward more active participation in and self-control of the education of their people. By recognizing the historical right of American Indians to control their own education, the Basic Indian Education Act (PL 95-561) and the Indian Self-Determination Education Assistance Act (PL 93-638) have made these goals a reality and paved the way for the casting off of the policy of coercive assimilation which has characterized most previous national Indian education programs and led to academic failure among Indians. In the 1980's the focus of Indian community controlled education will center on the consolidation of school contracting procedures in PL 93-638, including obtaining a centralized contractive authority under the Bureau of Indian Affairs; curriculum development in the area of cultural education; and parental and tribal participation in the public schools. This will require a united effort among Indian communities to explore the potential of federal legislation and utilize it to its fullest. Indian communities must also determine how to strengthen community control, sustain educational successes, establish Indian education priorities, and strengthen internal and external resources. (SB)
Descriptors: American Indian Culture, American Indian Education, Community Control, Educational Change, Educational Planning, Educational Policy, Federal Indian Relationship, Federal Legislation, Self Determination, Treaties, Tribal Sovereignty, Trust Responsibility (Government), United States History
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Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Reports - General; ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Rural Education and Small Schools, Las Cruces, NM.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Indian Education Act 1972; Indian Self Determination Education Assistance Act