ERIC Number: ED341531
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Oct-16
Reference Count: N/A
Elementary Schools. INAR/NACIE Joint Issues Sessions. National Indian Education Association (NIEA) Annual Conference (22nd, San Diego, California, October 16, 1990).
National Advisory Council on Indian Education, Washington, DC.; Department of Education, Washington, DC. Indian Nations At Risk Task Force.
This report summarizes two joint sessions held by the Indian Nations At Risk Task Force and the National Advisory Council on Indian Education to hear testimony on issues in Native American education at the elementary school level. Issues and problems fell into the areas of: (1) the special needs of high-risk elementary students, the need for alternative programs, misdiagnosis of Native students into special education, the need for parent activism in the special education process, problems of fetal alcohol syndrome and emotionally disturbed children; (2) the impact of standardized testing, bilingual education issues, and the need for cultural education and culturally relevant programs; (3) barriers to parent participation and empowerment arising from teacher and administrator attitudes and from bureaucratic regulations at Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) schools; (4) unacceptable BIA funding practices, and financial problems impacting facilities, transportation, curriculum, and materials; and (5) accountability of tribal government and the BIA. Recommendations and working strategies are proposed. The benefits of small schools and low teacher-student ratios are discussed, particularly for low-achieving students and for students from more traditional tribal communities. (SV)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Advisory Council on Indian Education, Washington, DC.; Department of Education, Washington, DC. Indian Nations At Risk Task Force.