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To Remain an Indian: Lessons in Democracy from a Century of Native American Education


reviewed by Jim Vandergriff December 07, 2006

coverTitle: To Remain an Indian: Lessons in Democracy from a Century of Native American Education
Author(s): K. Tsianina Lomawaima and Teresa L. McCarty
Publisher: Teachers College Press, New York
ISBN: 0807747165 , Pages: 213, Year: 2006
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To Remain an Indian is an excellent book on so many levels that it is difficult to know how to begin a review of it. It is an important book that should be read carefully by everyone who has any role in Native American education or who has any other influence over Native American life—government policy makers, social workers, tribal leaders, and every American who votes for policy makers. Moreover, it should not merely be read, but carefully attended to. The key point of the book—if I may be permitted a bit of reductionism—which is very clearly stated on page xxii, is that “U.S. society and government were not…simply vacillating through ‘swings of a pendulum’ between tolerance and intolerance. Each generation was working out, in a systematic way, its notion of a safety zone, an area where dangerously different cultural expressions might be safely domesticated and thus neutralized.” The series foreword by... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: December 07, 2006
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12882, Date Accessed: 10/23/2017 1:14:49 PM

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  • Jim Vandergriff
    Knox College
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    JIM VANDERGRIFF is Assistant Professor of Educational Studies at Knox College in Galesburg, IL. Dr. Vandergriff has two articles on Missouri Folklore currently in press and two articles on Native American education in circulation. One of his current projects includes interviewing Navajo adults about their boarding school experiences. Dr. Vandergriff is now working on a book of readings in Missouri folklore.
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