ERIC Number: ED310185
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Jun
American Indian/Alaska Native Concerns. Report of the Study Committee.
National Education Association, Washington, DC.
This report on the educational concerns of American Indians and Alaskan Natives is part of a four-part study of minority education in the United States by the National Education Association (NEA). Data were gathered from site visits to a wide variety of schools and programs and from the testimony of 220 representatives of Indian organizations and tribes, federal and state agencies that have Indian offices, and Indian educators and educators of Indian children. The following major findings are cited: (1) inadequate and untimely federal funding interrupts program continuity and interferes with educational planning; (2) high student mobility rates contribute significantly to the dropout problem; and (3) institutional rigidity prevents schools from addressing student needs, utilizing culturally relevant teaching techniques, and teaching non-Indian students about tribal governments and their relationship with the Federal Government. A historical overview discusses the role of the Federal Government, state governments and the NEA in Indian education. Recommendations for NEA policy in the following areas are outlined: (1) students; (2) curriculum and teaching; (3) teacher/school personnel; (4) parents/family/community; (5) employment; (6) collaboration/coalition building; (7) legislation/policy; and (8) leadership training. A list of 11 references and a six-item bibliography are appended. (FMW)
Descriptors: Alaska Natives, American Indian Education, American Indians, Cultural Awareness, Dropout Prevention, Educational Finance, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Indian Relationship, Lobbying, Minority Group Children, Observation, Personal Narratives, School Organization, Student Mobility, Student Needs, Surveys
National Education Association, Human and Civil Rights, 1201 Sixteenth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036 ($12.50 for complete set; parts not available separately).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: National Education Association, Washington, DC.
Note: For related documents, see UD 026 904-906; for complete set, see UD 026 902.