ERIC Number: ED341540
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Oct-16
Reference Count: N/A
Special Session for Elders. 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 a joint session held by the Indian Nations At Risk Task Force and the National Advisory Council on Indian Education to hear testimony from Native American tribal elders on their needs and their role in the educational system. Issues and problems were in the areas of: (1) the need for a support system for the elderly; (2) elders as a language, history, and culture resource; (3) elders as a support system for students; (4) facility deficiencies in accessibility for elderly and handicapped persons; (5) overmedication of elderly persons and the need for a holistic approach to wellness and health care; (6) the need for adult day care programs in the community; and (7) the need for culturally appropriate therapy to help elders deal with the grief accumulated during their lives and with substance abuse problems. Also discussed were recommendations for bringing elders into the schools, and effective programs and strategies for elder participation, including tribal health services and meals for the elderly, transporting elders to recreational and cultural activities, elders teaching traditional child rearing practices to teen mothers in school, elders as storytellers in school, intergenerational community service projects involving elders and youth, elders as aides in special education classes, and elders and medicine men serving as advisors in the development of educational philosophy at Navajo Community College. (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.