Publication Date: August 18, 2006
Series: Multicultural Education Series
What might we learn from Native American experiences with schools to help us forge a new vision of the democratic ideal—one that respects, protects, and promotes diversity and human rights? In this fascinating portrait of American Indian education over the past century, the authors critically evaluate U.S. education policies and practices, from early 20th-century federal incarnations of colonial education through the contemporary standards movement. In the process, they refute the notion of “dangerous cultural difference” and point to the promise of diversity as a source of national strength.
Featuring the voices and experiences of Native individuals that official history has silenced and pushed aside, this book:
K. Tsianina Lomawaima is Chair of American Indian Studies at the University of Arizona. Teresa L. McCarty is the Alice Wiley Snell Professor of Education Policy Studies at Arizona State University.
“It offers a balm against despair (and) provides an inspiring theoretical frame for those who continue to fight for indigenous control.”
—Tribal College Journal
“To Remain an Indian chronicles the resistance, resilience, and imagination of generations of Native American educators. It is a profoundly moving book that highlights the opportunities, and ethical responsibility, that educators have to expand student identities and challenge coercive relations of power in the wider society.”
— Jim Cummins, University of Toronto
"A must read for both seasoned and young scholars, practitioners, and others interested in culturally based education, including the importance of Indigenous languages.
John Tippeconnic III, Director, American Indian Leadership Program, Pennsylvania State University