In 1976 the National Advisory Council on Indian Education also taught an appreciation for Indian heritage, and generations of positive image. The Indians want to design their own programs that reflect their past.
Indians had their own programs before the Europeans came to Americas. It was in 1568 that the first formal school for North American Indians was established and founded by Jesuit missionaries. The Indian population were not able to establish their own schools until 1960.
Early on in the US the Indian Children were shipped off to boarding schools against the wishes of their parents. The children were taught that their tradition ways were wrong and that they should forget their Indian heritage. If the children did not go to school, their parents were not given their food rations. The children that went to the schools ran away, died from disease contracted at the boarding schools, and some committed suicide.
In 1969 the Supreme Court made a ruling that "Indian Education: A National Tragedy, A National Challenge" changed the way the Indians were being educated. They were given control over their own educational programs. As a result of this report reorganization of the Indian Program became a goal of the Federal Government.
The achievement of the Indians can now be measured by the increase in the students that are graduating.
In 1976 the National Advisory Council on Indian Education had some victory in their fight for civil rights of the Indians in the United States. The Indian concepts were being lost with the traditional education. The Indians were in the Americas before the Europeans. The deciding factor is still being the advancement of the Indians in the United States.
The information in this article was founded in the Los Angeles City County Native American Indian 1994 report.
Patsy A. Kruse - Commissioner