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College students, it is often said, vote with their feet. If they like what they see, they enroll. Otherwise, classrooms remain empty.
American Indian language teachers in Montana now can obtain prestige and credibility equal to that of teachers of English and other languages through a tribal certification process recognized by the state.
A former Dine College instructor discusses the hotly debated topic of cultural inclusion in various college courses, especially the sciences.
Since its establishment in 1968, Navajo Community College (now Dine College) has pursued its mandate to synthesize Navajo and Western knowledge so that its students will survive in the dominant society while maintaining their heritage. This mission has presented a tremendous challenge for the past, present, and future leaders of the college who try to combine the two worldviews in one institution.
The concept of American Indian cultural curriculum emerged not out of educational fads or efforts to be politically correct. It was inspired by the failure of educational institutions to successfully educate American Indian children.
Vernon “Vern” Frederick Traversie credits his powerful persistence to early experiences overcoming hardship and isolation.
Edited by Andrew Garrod and Colien Larimore, Cornell University Press, 1997.
Review by Lydia Whirlwind Soldier
Audio cassette tapes (4 hours) with 150-page text
by Alan Wilson and Rita Vigil Martine
Published by Audio-Forum, Guilford, Conn., $65.
Review by Lorene Willis
I am a member of the Jicarilla Apache Tribe and not a speaker of the Jicarilla language.