American Indian/First Nations Schooling: From the Colonial by C. Glenn

By C. Glenn

Tracing the history of Native American education in North the United States, this publication emphasizes components in society at huge  - and occasionally within indigenous groups - which led to Native American children being become independent from the white majority. Charles L. Glenn examines the evolving assumptions approximately race and tradition as utilized to education, the reactions of folks and tribal management within the usa and Canada, and the symbolic in addition to functional position of indigenous languages and of efforts to take care of them.

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The transfer, in 1860, of authority for Indian matters from London to Ottawa opened the way for a succession of government actions designed to transform the situation of Indians. 24 of the British North America Act, the Canadian Constitution. This had been preceded by the 1857 Act for the Gradual Civilization of the Indian and the 1858 Civilization and Enfranchisement Act, enacted by the British Parliament, and would be followed by Canada’s 1876 Indian Act and 1884 Indian Advancement Act. 33 In 1880, a government official in Canada wrote, “Let us have Christianity and civilization among the Indian tribes; let us have a wise and paternal Government .

34 In some quarters, at least, there was optimism that this could be achieved. “I believe that there is through Canada a kindly feeling towards the Indian race,” wrote an Anglican clergyman active in the education of Indians in the 1870s, “that it is only their dirty habits, their undisciplined behaviour, and their speaking another language, that prevents their intermingling with the white people. I believe also that there is in the Indian a perfect capability of adapting himself to the customs of the white people .

Indd 20 3/29/2011 11:16:40 AM Making Christians ● 21 Despite various good intentions, the results were meager; Indians “refused to fall into settled ways of life . . ”9 Under these circumstances, the remaining Indians had much less capability of resisting white influence and retaining their tribal autonomy than did, for example, the Cherokees and Creeks in the Southeast, who to a considerable extent, adapted on their own terms. ”10 In Massachusetts, John Eliot, the pastor of the church in the town of Roxbury, took an active role in reaching out to the remaining Indians near Boston.

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