ERIC Number: ED441626
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
The Neglected Workforce.
Business Alert, v14 n6 p8-10 Nov-Dec 1999
Despite a 4 percent U.S. unemployment rate, Native American tribes suffer unemployment rates of around 50 percent. Meanwhile, information technology managers increasingly hire more foreign workers under H-1B visas. Obstacles to Native American participation in the information technology job market are a lack of technology infrastructure at tribal colleges and on reservations, the tribal system of government that fosters dependency and limits free enterprise, technology anxieties resulting from a culture based on physical contact with the earth, and public stereotyping and the media's portrayal of Native Americans as shiftless alcoholics. Tribal colleges are encouraging young people to become interested in technology, which they believe can make a huge difference in reservation economies. Grants from educational and philanthropic organizations are providing distance learning courses and developing the technology infrastructure necessary for tribal colleges and Native Americans on reservations to take advantage of geographically-independent information technology jobs. Companies and universities are offering internships and scholarships to training programs such as the University of California's Summer Institute in Computer Science. Several anecdotes describe Native Americans who have found successful jobs through information technology. (TD)
Descriptors: American Indian Education, Computer Science Education, Cultural Influences, Geographic Isolation, Higher Education, Information Technology, Internet, Reservation American Indians, Rural Education, Tribally Controlled Education, Two Year Colleges
First Nations Development Institute, Stores Building, 11917 Main St., Fredericksburg, VA 22408 ($12.00/year; back issues $3 each). For full text: http://www.firstnations.org/publications/NovDecBa.pdf.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: First Nations Development Inst., Fredericksburg, VA.