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ERIC Number: EJ794733
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 20
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 44
ISSN: ISSN-1047-8248
Colonial Instillations in American Indian Boarding School Students
Robbins, Rockey; Colmant, Steven; Dorton, Julie; Schultz, Lahoma; Colmant, Yevette; Ciali, Peter
Educational Foundations, v20 n3-4 p69-88 Sum-Fall 2006
There is a general knowledge about the United States governments' deliberate attempts to destroy American Indian cultures. History books tell of American Indian students being locked in week long routines to keep them out of mischief, underfed to break down resistance and being given deadening rounds of simple, repetitious chores bereft of challenges to numb their intelligence, and taught dominant western values and language. Possibly, too few people are aware that assimilation of American Indians continues in the country today in multitudinous forms, including Indian boarding school residential environments. The assimilation of American Indians entails the replacement of tribal sets of beliefs and actions directly linked to the beliefs of distinct tribal groups with Western sets of beliefs and actions. This study attempts to take into account the interplay of inner psychic conflicts of American Indian boarding school students in Indian boarding school environments; interactions between aspects of the school environment; the broader environment, such as the government and/or the media; and cultural and political beliefs complex process of assimilation that occurs in Indian boarding school residential settings. There are several elements in this study that mark it as unique: (1) It focuses on boarding school residential practices rather than academic educational practices; (2) It also accepts the risk of attempting to analyze inter-psychic conflicts in the context of cultural, political and social contexts; and (3) This study also takes a historically dynamic approach in its methodology.
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