ERIC Number: ED341523
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Indian Nations At Risk Task Force Business Meetings, 1990-91.
Department of Education, Washington, DC. Indian Nations At Risk Task Force.
This document contains detailed reports of the five business meetings held by the Indian Nations At Risk Task Force during 1990-91. At the initial meeting, Task Force members and interested parties clarified the goals and guiding principles of the Task Force's work. This work would include gathering data on the educational status of Indian children, youth, and adults; finding and publicizing programs that work; identifying misconceptions about Indian education; and recommending ways to improve education for Native Americans. Possible topics for exploration were discussed, particularly Native American education goals and their relevance to national education goals. At subsequent meetings, wide-ranging discussions covered such topics as parent involvement; racial bias; special education; deficiencies in federal funding; the need for expanded state government involvement; major problems at Bureau of Indian Affairs schools; educational responsibility and role of governments, tribes, and Native people; educational finance issues related to improving Native education; alternative certification for Native teachers; task force efforts to make a political impact; the nature of the Federal Government-Indian relationship; and higher education issues. Recommendations for the Task Force's final report were formulated and amended for numerous "partners" concerned with the education of Native American children and adults: parents, educators, tribal governments and Native communities, local and state governments, the Federal Government, and colleges and universities. The greatest number of recommendations were directed to the Federal Government and included the following: (1) establish an Assistant Secretary for Indian Education in the U.S. Department of Education; (2) authorize the establishment of a national research and school improvement center for Native education; (3) amend the Bilingual Education Act to allow for the retention and continued development of Native languages in accordance with the Native American Language Act of 1990; and (4) promote as a national priority the training of Native professionals and Native educators for all levels of teaching. (SV)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of Education, Washington, DC. Indian Nations At Risk Task Force.