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Education Challenges for Native American communities

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Trudy Grantsen

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21st Century
Native American Country * 23% of reservations in a goverment study reported up to 40 active gangs on tribal land.

* 80% of gang members in this study were male, and 3 out of 4 were under 18 years old.The Point: Reservation Gang members are mostly teenagers, not adults. The opposite of city gangs

* 20% of gang members on Native reservations are girls versus only 6%-11% off the reservation.10% of gangs reported that half their members were female. The Point: There are more girls in reservation gangs than in city gangs

* 78% of gang members on reservations were Native American, BUT 22% were non-Indian and primarily Hispanic, Black or Caucasian.

* A gang survey on the Navajo reservation found that gang members did not know their native language, were alienated from the culture; had no positive activities; had severe difficulty in school, early drug/alcohol use; and came from more dysfunctional homes with greater poverty than non-gang members on Navajo land.

Reference: Gang Facts and Statistics
http://www.helpinggangyouth.com/statistics.html No Justice for Alaskan and Native American Women
End violence against Native American women:
More than 1 in 3 Native women will be raped in her lifetime.

Native American and Alaska Native women are more than 2.5 times more likely to be raped or sexually assaulted than other women in the United States in general. A complex maze of tribal, state and federal jurisdictions allows perpetrators to rape with impunity and in some cases even encourages assaults.

References: Amnesty International
http://www.amnestyusa.org/violence-against-women/maze-of-injustice/page.do?id=1021163 Water Rights and Diabetes Next Generation How do we transform Native American communites? Source: http://www.chrysalisdevelopment.com/page1/page13/page13.html Source: http://www.canstockphoto.com/series/people-253 Native American
Nation Re-Building Source: http://www.destee.com/forums/showthread.php?t=58524&page=11 through Education Educational Challenges Source: http://www.oregonlive.com/education/index.ssf/2008/06/trying_to_rescue_native_youth_1.html Mentorship for parents/families with teachers and administrators
Workshops for parents/families in academic support
Partnerships between tribal high schools with colleges/universities (2 + 2 pathways)
Transformation of education curriculum to include internships/college prep course
Have the parents and community members participate in the curriculum design and educational policies and goals development
Develop more partnerships with local community centers and service programs to continue student and parent/family educational support Source: http://www.oregonlive.com/education/index.ssf/2008/06/trying_to_rescue_native_youth_1.html Source: https://bender.routesys.com/~tcj/themag/backissues/spring05/spring05oc.htm According to the Faircloth's and Tippeconnic's January 2011 report on the Dropout/Graduation Crisis Among American Indian and Alaska Native Students:

On average, American Indians and Alaska Natives graduation rates (46.6 %) were lower than the national graduation rates for all other racial/ethnic groups
Whites (69.8 %)
Asians (77.9 %)
Blacks (54.7 %)
Hispanics (50.8 %) High school graduation attrition contributing factors according to Faircloth's and Tippeconnic's report:
lack of parent involvement
irrelevant curriculum
passive teaching methods
perceived lack of empathy among teachers
pushed out/unwanted Source:http://www.fdsrp.org/program/index.cfm transform the existing PK-12 public education to include the post secondary education.
create pathway programs from high school to colleges/universities.
create more direct partnerships between universities/colleges and tribal communities.
engage the parents and members of the surrounding tribal communities. Source: http://www.pathology.washington.edu/pathnews/newsletter/ Promote early connections and mentorships between faculty/administrators and students
Provide more activities and research outside the classroom in fostering the interest of the student in seeking a profession in academia/higher education
Develop an online mentorship program for existing Native American faculties with students and peer faculties from other universities and community colleges.
Create leadership mentoring program/workshops at all universities and colleges
Create a faculty/research pathways for students to work directly with the faculty/administer mentors. Overall High Attrition of Native American High School Students in the United States (based on 2011 Report) CHALLENGE 1 CHALLENGE 2 CHALLENGE 3 Overall Low Retention & Graduate Rates for Native American College Students in the United States solution solution solution Overall Low Numbers of Native American Faculties and Administrators in Higher Education HIGH RATE OF VIOLENCE
LOW RATE OF AVAILABLE POLICE OFFICERS GANGS AND VIOLENCE
HIGH RATE OF SUICIDES HIGH RATE OF DIABETES AND INADEQUATE HEALTH CARE
ALCOHOLISM AND DRUG ABUSE LAND AND WATER RIGHTS
DISPARITY OF ACCESS TO CLEAN AND ELECTRICITY BIG RESPONSIBLITY:
the Native communities will be severly impacted by the global market of the 21st century. How will the future leaders of the Native communities adapt and become a competitive in the global markets? Political Sovereignty Econonmic Development Civil Rights Health and Social Welfare Educational Reform Social Self-Sufficiency Cultural and Language
Revitalization and Self-Determination High Incarentation Rates Source: http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2011/04/seventh-generation-leading-making-the-case-for-native-youth-leadership-and-organizing/ Source: http://www.oklahomawatch.org/story.php?sid=26 Despite the increased enrollment of Native Americans at Arizona State University in 2008 of 1,453, Native American students retention and graduation rates rank well below on a national level in comparison to all other racial/ethnic groups. Source: http://www.asu.edu/president/zah/facts/ Representation of Native American Faculties and Administrators in Higher Education is still considerable low in comparsion to other ethnic/racial groups.
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