ERIC Number: ED343754
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Indian Nations At Risk Task Force: Listen to the People.
Charleston, G. Mike; King, Gaye Leia
The Indian Nations At Risk Task Force commissioned 20 papers to review current conditions in Native American education and set forth rationale, plans, and strategies for action. This introduction to the commissioned papers describes the work of the Task Force. Comprised of 14 individuals, the Task Force met 5 times between May 1990 and May 1991 to exchange views, develop guiding principles, establish Native education goals, plan regional hearings and issues sessions, and draft the final report. The Task Force obtained public contributions of information and opinion through several means. Over 200 documents were received in response to a call for papers issued in the Federal Register. Hundreds of individuals presented testimony at regional hearings held in Juneau, Billings, Seattle, Phoenix, Oklahoma City, St. Paul, and Cherokee. Over 550 persons participated in 32 special issues sessions held during the 1990 National Indian Education Association Conference. Task Force members conducted 33 site visits across the United States to public schools, Bureau of Indian Affairs schools, tribally controlled schools, community colleges, and community education centers. Issues discussed at the regional hearings are summarized, including federal funding, teachers and teacher training, Native parent and community participation, integration of Native language and culture in the curriculum, financial aid for postsecondary education, postsecondary readiness and persistence, tribal colleges, minority faculty recruitment, support services for at-risk students, curriculum issues, government role, prejudice and racism, standards and testing, early childhood education, urban and public school education, adult basic education, special education, and data collection and research. (SV)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of Education, Washington, DC. Indian Nations At Risk Task Force.