ERIC Number: ED374051
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Dec
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A Rationale for Native American Studies in a Secondary School Curriculum.
Hill, James F.
This paper offers reasons why Native American culture and history should be included in the secondary school curriculum based on the fact that many ideas and products that are taken for granted today have Native American roots, and on the definition of social studies as the study of individual and group behaviors of a people, and of how those behaviors correspond with the environment. Using multiculturalism, Native American studies can be incorporated into an overall social studies curriculum. Cultural awareness and sensitivity toward the Native American can lead to a better understanding and respect for one's own culture as well as the Native American culture. This paper discusses the contributions to U.S. democratic society by Native American political structure, especially the Iroquois League. The Iroquois model of combining sovereign units into one government is now known as the federal system in which each state has power over internal affairs and the national government regulates affairs common to all. The power to impeach an elected official also is derived from the Iroquois system. In the Iroquois system, if a sachem, or delegate, elected by a tribe to represent that tribe at a council of one of five Indian nations that made up the Iroquois League, appeared improper or lost the confidence of his electorate, the women of his clan impeached and expelled him and chose a new sachem. The founding fathers adopted the impeachment process but omitted women from the right to vote and from any other major role in the political structure. (DK)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
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