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INDIGENOUS PEOPLES & SELF-DETERMINATION

Indian Self Determination and Education Assistance Act - 1975

In 1975, Congress passed the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act . The government could now contract with tribal governments for federal services. The act rejuvenated tribal governments by admitting, rejecting and countering previous paternalistic policies . Native American people were now able to operate their own schools. Since the act was passed more than seventy schools have taken charge of their own operations. Native Americans now have the chance to take control of their own education bringing their own languages, beliefs and philosophies to their schools.

“The Congress declares its commitment to the maintenance of the Federal Government’s unique and continuing relationship with and responsibility to the Indian people through the establishment of a meaningful Indian self-determination policy which will permit an orderly transition from Federal domination of programs for and services to Indians to effective and meaningful participation by the Indian people in the planning, conduct and administration of these programs and services...” (Sec.3. (b).)

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SELF-DETERMINATION AND ACTIVISM AMONG AMERICAN INDIANS IN THE UNITED STATES 1972-1997, Cultural Survival Quarterly Magazine (June 1997)

by Duane Champagne

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