Engaging Native American Learners With Rigor and Cultural Relevance
Engaging Native American Learners With Rigor and Cultural Relevance
Written by Arizona State University at March 2, 2014
Emery Tahy left his home at age 16 after a high school counselor told him he’d be better off learning a trade since he was failing in school. Now he’s finishing his master’s degree at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona while working toward his goal of becoming a tribal leader.
Tahy’s journey through life has taken him from the small Navajo reservation community of Westwater, Utah, to Job Corps where he learned the value of working hard and to the university where he discovered a passion for American Indian Studies.
Learning electrician and iron worker skills through Job Corps served him well after high school, but he always felt like there was something missing from his life. Then the bottom fell out of the economy.
“I learned a lot from that experience and I will always have a trade, but I felt that there was a void. There was something missing,” Tahy said.
When construction work dried up during the recession, he worked for Native American Connections in Phoenix that introduced him to research and aiding American Indians in the city.
“I felt like I would have more opportunities if I had a degree,” he added. “I feel like education is the key to being successful.”
Taking classes at a community college began to fill that void as did transferring to ASU to earn his bachelor’s degree in political science with a minor in American Indian Studies.
“I’m really passionate about politics,” he said. “I felt like I was always engaged in what was going on in the world while doing construction, but I felt left out. Education was what was missing.”
American Indian Studies classes taught him about tribal governance and led him to the realization that he could give back to his people and his nation through education. He’ll finish his master’s degree this December.
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The mission of the California Tribal College is to develop and build a tribal college in California that is designed specifically to meet the unique needs of Native American students with a governance structure that provides tribes a leadership role and input in critical decisions and sets forth a system of academic accountability.
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CULTURALLY APPROPRIATE CURRICULUM, TEXTS AND MATERIALS
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http://www.humboldt.edu/itepp/crc.html Indian Tribal and Education Personnel Program: Curriculum Resource Center.
http://www.colorincolorado.org/article/39579/ Tips for Choosing Culturally Appropriate Books & Resources About Native Americans.
http://www2.nau.edu/~jar/AIE/AIEbooks.html American Indian & Indigenous Education Books.
http://www.oyate.org Oyate reviews children’s literature and advocate for Native Americans/American Indians to be portrayed with historical accuracy, cultural appropriateness and without anti-Indian bias and stereotypes.
http://www.ssinar.com/PDFFiles/CultCompetResShort.pdf Culturally Competent Research with American Indians and Alaska Natives.
http://www.nativeculturelinks.com/ailabib.htm “I” is not for Indian: The Portrayal of Native Americans in Books for Young People.
http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/article/how-choose-best-multicultural-books How To Choose The Best Multicultural Books.
http://mycultureisnotatrend.tumblr.com My Culture is Not a Trend: A Dialogue About Cultural Appropriation
http://www.childrensliteraturenetwork.org/resource/readlist/favnatv.php Best Native American Books for Children and Young Adults.
http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/lesson-plan/native-american-cultures-books-and-resources The Common Core Reader: Native American Cultures Books and Resources.
http://americanindiansinchildrensliterature.blogspot.com The American Indians in Children's Literature (AICL) provides critical perspectives and analysis of indigenous peoples in children's and young adult books, the school curriculum, popular culture, and society.
http://www.ailanet.org American Indian Library Association: a membership action group that addresses the library-related needs of American Indians and Alaska Natives.
http://www.lessonplanet.com/search?keywords=American+Indian&type_ids%5B%5D=357917&gclid=CKCbyvKvwroCFUlp7AodIlgAlg American Indian Teacher Resources.
http://www.bloomington.k12.mn.us/node/306489 American Indian Curriculum and Lesson Plans
http://www.racismagainstindians.org/Education/TeachingAboutIndians.pdf Racism Against American Indians: Teaching About American Indians.
http://jan.ucc.nau.edu/~jar/AIER.html Selected Resources on American Indian/Indigenous Education.
http://www.tribalcollegejournal.org/archives/1388 Evaluating Classroom Materials for Bias against American Indians.
http://www.indigenousedu.org Indigenous Education Institute was created for the preservation and contemporary application of traditional Indigenous knowledge.
http://www.books.aisc.ucla.edu/aboutaicrj.aspx American Indian Culture and Research Journal.
http://www.ktjusd.k12.ca.us/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=184867&type=d&pREC_ID=384985 Klamath-Trinity Joint Unified School District’s Title VII American Indian Education Program Curriculum Resources.
http://www.americanindiantah.com American Indian Issues: A Curricular Guide for Educators.
http://www.humboldt.edu/cicd/epa/: Native American Lands: A Cultural Approach to Environmental Studies.
http://www.landlessons.org Lessons of Our California: A Native American Land Curriculum.
http://www.hanksville.org/NAresources/ Index of Native American Resources on the Internet.
http://www.nccrest.org The National Center for Culturally Responsive Educational Systems.
http://library.sd.gov/LIB/DEV/tribal.aspx American Indian Tribal Library Resources.
http://www.teachingforchange.org Teaching for Change: Building Social Justice Starting in the Classroom.
http://www.nativevoicesbooks.com Native Voices Books, Traditional and Contemporary Native Books.
http://www.schools.utah.gov/fsp/Indian-Education/Resources/Forum-on-Indian-Education.aspx Teacher Resources - Forum on Indian Education
http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/94490-1 The federal role in American Indian Education
http://www.fourdir.com/tfc_toc.htm The first Californians
http://www.oyate.com Native Music and Stories from Over 50 Nations
http://www.pbs.org/mattersofrace/prog3.shtml Matters of Race: a contemporary look at two communities often overlooked in the race dialogue: American Indians and Native Hawaiians.
The circumstances in California during the 1800s which legalized slavery of Native Americans
http://www.californiacultures.org/California_Cultures___A_Monograph_Series/Monographs/Monographs.html California Cultures: A Monograph Series
Top American Indian Board Books for the Youngest Readers: http://americanindiansinchildrensliterature.blogspot.com/2011/04/top-board-books-for-youngest-readers.html
Baby Learns about Colors, by Beverly Blacksheep.
Boozhoo, Come Play With Us, by Deanna Himango
I See Me, by Margaret Manuel
Learn the Alphabet with Northwest Coast Art
Our Journey, by Lyz Jaakola
Welcome Song for Baby: A lullaby for newborns, by Richard Van Camp
Cradle Me, by Debby Slier
Top 10 American Indian Books for Elementary School:
Campbell, Nicola. Shi-shi-etko
Campbell, Nicola. Shin-chi's Canoe
Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. Beaver Steals Fire: A Salish Coyote Story
Harjo, Joy. The Good Luck Cat
Messinger, Carla. When the Shadbush Blooms
Ortiz, Simon J. The Good Rainbow Road/Rawa 'kashtyaa'tsi hiyaani: A Native American Tale
Sockabasin, Allen J. Thanks to the Animals
Smith, Cynthia Leitich. Jingle Dancer
Tingle, Tim. Crossing Bok Chitto (also When Turtle Grew Feathers and Saltypie)
Waboose, Jan Bourdeau. SkySisters
Top 10 American Indian Books for Middle School:
Bruchac, Joseph. Hidden Roots.
Carvell, Marlene. Who Will Tell My Brother?
Dorris, Michael. Sees Behind Trees.
Erdrich, Louise. The Birchbark House
Loyie, Larry. As Long as the Rivers Flow: A Last Summer before Residential School
Ortiz, Simon. The People Shall Continue
Smith, Cynthia Leitich. Indian Shoes
Smith, Cynthia Leitich. Rain Is Not My Indian Name
Sneve, Virginia Driving Hawk. High Elk's Treasure
Sterling, Shirley. My Name is Seepeetza
Top 10 American Indian Books for High School:
Alexie, Sherman. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
Broker, Ignatia. Night Flying Woman: An Ojibway Narrative
Carlson, Lori Marie (ed.). Moccasin Thunder: American Indian Stories for Today
Deloria, Ella C. Waterlily
Kenny, Maurice (ed.). Stories for a Winter's Night: Fiction by Native American Writers
King, Thomas. One Good Story, That One
Ortiz, Simon J. Men on the Moon: Collected Short Stories
Tapahonso, Luci. Blue Horses Rush In: Poems and Stories
Taylor, Drew Hayden. The Night Wanderer
Van Camp, Richard. The Lesser Blessed
Top Resources and Materials on Boarding Schools.