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Urban Indians in Phoenix Schools, 1940-2000 : Indigenous Education - Stephen Kent Amerman

Urban Indians in Phoenix Schools, 1940-2000

Indigenous Education

Hardcover Published: 1st November 2010
ISBN: 9780803229853
Number Of Pages: 280

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In the latter half of the twentieth century, tens of thousands of Native American families moved to cities across the United States, some via the government relocation program and some on their own. In the cities, they encountered new forms of work, entertainment, housing, and education. In this study, Stephen Kent Amerman focuses on the educational experiences of Native students in urban schools in Phoenix, Arizona, a city with one of the largest urban Indian communities in the nation. The educational experiences of Native students in Phoenix varied over time and even in different parts of the city, but interactions with other ethnic groups and the experience of being a minority for the first time presented distinctive challenges and opportunities for Native students. Using oral histories as well as written records, Amerman examines how Phoenix schools tried to educate and assimilate Native students alongside Hispanic, Asian, black, and white students and how Native children, their parents, and the Indian community at large responded to this new urban education and the question of their cultural identity. Reconciling these pressures was a struggle, but many found resourceful responses, charting paths that enabled them to acquire an urban education while still remaining Indian.

"The strength of this book stems from its account of the experience of eighteen students from several tribes who found themselves in the minority among Mexican-American, African-American and Asian-American students. Amerman discusses the emotional challenges confronting these students as they adjusted to a new educational system while working to retain a sense of cultural background and Native pride."-Patricia Etter, Pima County Library -- Patricia Etter * Pima County Library *
"Amerman's book is a valuable addition to the history of Indian education."-Jon Reyhner, Western Historical Quarterly -- Jon Reyhner * Western Historical Quarterly *
"Stephen Kent Amerman's Urban Indians in Phoenix Schools broadens our understanding of Indian urbanization and analyzes "an understudied" aspect of American Indian history."-David H. Dejong, Journal of Arizona History -- David H. Dejong * Journal of Arizona History *
"Urban Indians makes an important historical contribution to our understandings of the urban Indian experience and should appeal to readers with an interest in the history of Phoenix, the American Southwest, American Indian and minority education, urban Indians, and Native American community activism."-Lisa K. Neuman, New Mexico Historical Review -- Lisa K. Neuman * New Mexico Historical Review *
"Amerman's book is a significant contribution to the scholarly work on American Indian education and on urban-or off-reservation-Indians."-Adrea Lawrence, H-Net Reviews -- Adrea Lawrence * H-Net Reviews *

List of Illustrations; Acknowledgments; List of Abbreviations Introduction: Beyond the Boarding Schools; 1. The City; 2. The Schools; 3. The Students; 4. The Fight; 5. The Aftermath; Conclusion: Indian Education in the City Appendix A: A Note on the Interviews; Appendix B: Interview Questions Notes; Bibliography; Index

ISBN: 9780803229853
ISBN-10: 0803229852
Series: Indigenous Education
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 280
Published: 1st November 2010
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.48