Tribal people are the first to admit that alcoholism is a major health concern throughout Indian Country. On the Lake Traverse Reservation in the northeast corner of South Dakota, however, alcoholism has dropped dramatically in the past decade. Sisseton Wahpeton Community College President Elden Lawrence, Ph.D., has researched the changes in his community, and he thinks that the transformation can be credited to education.
When Daniel Curry came to the Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College’s Urban Outreach Program two years ago, he had spent 15 of his 30 years in prisons. This year Curry is graduating with a two-year associate of arts degree.
An expansion of long-established ideas surrounding support for Head Start children shows promise to increase student retention through a blend of social work knowledge and education practices.
After graduating from high school, I attended a small, liberal arts state college in Durango, Colo., and subsequently the University of Colorado in Boulder. Fort Lewis College perches on a mesa above the town of Durango.
Recent graduate Mara Patterson grew up far from her tribe in Alaska. D-Q University, she says, helped her find her identity as a Native woman and an internship in Washington, D.C., strengthened her belief in the power of education.
Historically, in the United States and Canada the purpose of Indian education has been to detribalize American Indian children and to assimilate them into the mainstream English-speaking culture.
by Paula Gunn Allen
Beacon Press: Boston, 1998
Review by Maria Escalante
Off the Reservation by Paula Gunn Allen is a thought provoking collection of writings that invites the reader to re-examine long held beliefs of Western culture.
by Greg Cajete
Clear Light Publishers, Santa Fe, N.M.
Review by Michael Wassegijig Price
Greg Cajete’s new book,