Native American Education Book Review

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Much like the wind, the Native Americans gracefully swept throughout the land embracing every flower or blade of grass in their path then melodically whispered their wisdom to them. There is a gloomy array of the condemnation and prejudice projected towards Native Americans that has yet ceased; however, when we think of Native Americans today, a single question might surface, “Where are they now?” Hidden with whispers or just even thoughts, the realization of racism as still being a prominent part of our culture seems to be blurred by a pill of ignorance we all find easier to take. Unfortunately, our turning of the head and lack of compassion has led to, once again, a negative toll on the Native Americans, who are now just trying to survive.…show more content…
Vocational Education gives no chance for the person to prosper academically in any way, simply it teaches the children and some adults information that only pertains to a specific menial job. The Urban Indian Experience in America by Donald Lee Fixico portrays all of the challenges that are presented to Native Americans living in modern America. In this book, Fixico utilizes the account of a past native student, “David Richmond argues that the schools on the reservation paid little attention to the students grades because they were prejudice (Fixico,156).” Fixico’s book portray how the Indian Education Act of 1972 isn't protecting the Native Americans education, but rather just blanketing the problem. This account of Richmond shows a school system that is truly corrupt. He helps clear up that there are no possible paths that students may take to succeed and this leads ultimately to failure. The government should fund a higher array of schools with the tools and teachers, that lack prejudice, to help the youth of these tribes. If we take this initiative then we can expect that the 7% of high school students that that don't graduate, based on a consensus taken in 2010, to decrease dramatically (National Indian Education Association, “Statistics on Native…show more content…
The lack of school material, clothes, or even living in terrible conditions can lead to the not reaching their full potential due to the lack of motivation. The government in 2012 released 3.5 billion dollars to The Native American Reservations, which for 350,000 people is equivalent to 1000 dollars (Volz, “$3.4B Indian Lawsuit Ends, Disbursements to Begin”). However, how far might this money go in a struggling household? The insufficient environment that Native Americans live in is nothing like we might find in any cities in the Northwest. The lack of motivation caused by years of not having a job and watching your family suffer in poverty is a condition that not too many of us are familiar with. “Native American Poverty,” by Tom Rodgers justifies the allegations that a large percentage, about 25%, of the Native Americans live in poverty. “According to the US Census Bureau, these Americans earn a median annual income of $33,627. One in every four (25.3 percent) lives in poverty and nearly a third (29.9 percent) are without health insurance coverage.” The lack of money has become a huge component in the dismemberment of the culture that the Natives so lavishly submerged themselves into, and the picking up other undesirable traits such as drinking. The

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