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ERIC Number: EJ974582
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0021-8731
Keynote Address "Preserving the Past to Secure the Future": The Center for Indian Education--The Next 50 Years
Roessel, Monty
Journal of American Indian Education, v50 n2 p13-23 2011
This article presents the keynote address given by Dr. Monty Roessel, Superintendent of the Rough Rock (Navajo) Community School, at the Center for Indian Education Relaunch Celebration held on the ASU Tempe campus May 6, 2011. Here, the author reflects on the legacy of the Center, co-founded by his father, Dr. Robert A. (Bob) Roessel, Jr., who also co-founded the demonstration school at Rough Rock in 1966. Both of these early efforts had a strong community focus and were designed to "amplify the voice of Native people" by (re)claiming Indian control over Indian education. Arguing that a viable future for Indian education requires a "both- and" approach, the author illustrates this approach with the current Navajo-language immersion program at Rough Rock Community School. Noting that the Center for Indian Education serves as a conduit for the future of Indian people, he concludes by urging Native nations to work together, along with the Center, and to take the "next leap of faith" in exercising tribal sovereign power over education.
Center for Indian Education. Arizona State University, College of Education, P.O. Box 871311, Tempe, AZ 95287-1311. Tel: 480-965-6292; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Arizona