720FINAL - Introduction: The Native American population is...

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Introduction: The Native American population is currently facing an educational crisis. There is a major disparity of educational attainment between Native Americans and those of other ethnic groups. Specifically in Ohio, there are 750,000 Native American residents. The problem is a major concern in the state of Ohio because it impacts a significant amount of our population. When a specific segment of our population persistently falls behind in the education gap, it becomes a duty for our society to address this social problem. This paper focuses on key historical factors, current stakeholders as well as existing policies that have shaped the issue of educational attainment within the American Indian population. Native Americans have a longstanding history with our nation’s government. Since the 19 th century, the federal government has consistently worked towards meeting the needs of this group of citizens. The Native American population has always heavily relied on our government for educational services. The unique relationship that Native Americans and the government hold would indicate that the educational needs of this population would be met with high regard. Unfortunately, this population has been persistently marginalized for centuries. The social problem that will be examined in this paper is the lack of educational attainment for Native American youths in Ohio. Native Americans graduate from high school at an alarmingly low rate. According to the Ohio Youthwork Information Brief, Native American youths face many challenges (ODJFS, 2006). One such challenge that is faced is the low graduation rate. Compared to the national graduation rate of all Americans, American Indian youth graduate at an alarmingly low rate of 51% (compared to 68% for all Americans). Also, 18% of those aged 16-19 are currently not in
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school (versus 10% for all Americans). The alarmingly high dropout rates and low graduation rates merit the attention of our society. History: In order to understand the history of Native American education, it is important to discuss how the Native Americans approached education prior to colonization. Traditional American Indian education involved the transfer of skills and knowledge from one generation to another. The family, clans and tribes were responsible for educating their own youth. The lessons were integrated into everyday life and ceremonies. This learning system developed over thousands of years. Learning did not occur at a specific time or as a special activity (Demmert, 2001). In the early 1700s, rapid social, political and technological changes occurred. Spurred by the emerging colonies and settlements, tribes that interacted with the settlers recognized a need for outside mentors to understand the new developments in technology that they had been exposed to. The desire for knowledge drove many tribes to form treaties with missionaries to help educate them. The missionaries and church were among the first groups to introduce a
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This note was uploaded on 12/01/2010 for the course ECE 351 taught by Professor Sonner during the Spring '10 term at Eastern Michigan University.

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