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ERIC Number: EJ781911
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 13
ISSN: ISSN-1068-3844
Back to Heritage: A Different Kind of School for American Indian Adolescents
Buly, Marsha Riddle; Ohana, Chris
Multicultural Education, v12 n1 p30-32 Fall 2004
The United States system of education is far removed from the historic system of education in many American Indian communities, yet most American Indian students attend state-run public schools, often with little or no input from tribal communities. Something is clearly not working because many American Indian students experience high levels of educational failure and many drop out of school. In this article, the authors present an alternative to the traditional state-run public school for one group of American Indian adolescents. The authors describe the first year of a grades 6-12 "choice" school, within a public school system, that utilizes a project-based approach to education with a focus on local tribal culture. The school is somewhat unique because although it is located on a reservation and the student body predominantly (94%) identifies as American Indian, the school is within a public school system with a predominately White student body.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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