American Indian Education: A History

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University of Oklahoma Press, Jan 7, 2015 - Social Science - 384 pages

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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List of Illustrations Acknowledgments
Colonial Missionaries and Their Schools
Treaties and Western Removal 17761867
Reservations 18671887
Allotment and Dependency 18871924
Mission Schools 6 Government Boarding Schools
Students and Parents
Termination and Relocation 19441969
SelfDetermination 19691989
Higher Education
New Directions in Indian Education 19892003
Entering the TwentyFirst Century

A New Deal 19241944

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About the author (2015)

Jon Reyhner is Professor of Education at Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff. He 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 editor of Teaching Indigenous Students: Honoring Place, Community, and Culture.

Jeanne Eder (Dakota Sioux) is retired as Professor of History at the University of Alaska and is author of The Dakota Sioux and The Makah.

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