Native American Education Research Paper

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As these wars led on the Native Americans also started to fight for their right, but unlike the Europeans, natives had to gain their legal rights piece by piece.it was mostly in the 19th century that the natives were given their rights, such as, in 1924 congress passed the Indian citizen act, but it still didn’t give them their full right.1965 the natives gained the voting rights, but it wasn’t until 1968 that they made the Indian civil rights act. Natives were given freedom of speech, the right to a jury; it also gave most protections of the Bill of Rights and the Fourteenth Amendment. When 1994 rolled around the American Indian religious freedom act was passed but they still had a long way to go to get their full rights. . The future of…show more content…
“Native American children have the highest drop-out rates of any ethnic group in the US” (Youth). The real issue at hand is trying to identifying the things that cause natives to drop out. Much of this has to do with the earlier governmental approach that the government took to educating Native children. These schools were later labeled as corrupt, with abusive teachers that beat and starved native children for speaking their native language or practicing their spiritual beliefs. The horrible conditions that Native American children had to endure at these schools had ruined Native Americans view "public" education. Because of the actions taken against their ancestors in the earlier times, there is a definite rise of mistrust towards the government. This lack of trust creates a negative environment where the value of learning is not fully understood or appreciated. Without the motivation to keep going on with studies, Native American children decide to drop out (Youth). Because a lot of natives fail to get an education they still suffer economically. In particular, their employment rates are far below those of whites. “Typically, Tribal and Federal governments are the largest employers on the reservations. Many households are overcrowded and earn only social security, disability or veteran 's income” (Aid). The lack of jobs and economic opportunity mean that, depending on the reservation, a lot of adults on reservations are unemployed. “Among American Indians who are employed, many are earning below poverty wages. The overall percentage of American Indians living below the federal poverty line is 28.2%. The disparity for American Indians living below poverty on the reservations is even greater, reaching 38% to 63% in our service area” (Aid). Often, the heads of household are required to leave the reservation to look for work, and grandparents or older

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