American Indian Education: A History

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University of Oklahoma Press, 2006 - History - 370 pages
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In this comprehensive history of American Indian education in the United States from colonial times to the present, historians and educators Jon Reyhner and Jeanne Eder explore the broad spectrum of Native experiences in missionary, government, and tribal boarding and day schools. This up-to-date survey is the first one-volume source for those interested in educational reform policies and missionary and government efforts to Christianize and “civilize” American Indian children.

Drawing on firsthand accounts from teachers and students, American Indian Education considers and analyzes shifting educational policies and philosophies, paying special attention to the passage of the Native American Languages Act and current efforts to revitalize Native American cultures.

 

  

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Contents

Colonial Missionaries and Their Schools
14
Treaties and Western Removal 17761867
40
Reservations 18671887
59
Allotment and Dependency 18871924
81
Mission Schools
112
Government Boarding Schools
132
Students and Parents
168
A New Deal 19241944
205
Termination and Relocation 19441969
232
SelfDetermination 19691989
251
Higher Education
290
New Directions in Indian Education 19892003
308
Entering the TwentyFirst Century
323
References
331
Index
357
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About the author (2006)

Jon Reyhner is Professor of Education at Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff. Reyhner has taught on the Navajo Reservation and served as a school administrator for the Blackfeet, Fort Peck, Havasupai, White Mountain Apache, and other communities. He is the editor of Teaching American Indian Students.

Jeanne Eder (Dakota Sioux) is Associate Professor of History at the University of Alaska, Anchorage. She is the author of The Dakota Sioux and The Makah.

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