American Indian Education: Counternarratives in Racism, Struggle, and the Law

AMERICAN INDIAN EDUCATION: COUNTERNARRATIVES IN RACISM, STRUGGLE, AND THE LAW, Routledge, 2008

MSU Legal Studies Research Paper No. 06-13

23 Pages Posted: 27 May 2008  

Matthew L. M. Fletcher

Michigan State University College of Law

Date Written: 2008

Abstract

America Indian culture and traditions have survived an unusual amount of oppressive federal and state educational policies intended to assimilate Indian people and destroy their cultures and languages. Yet, Indian culture, traditions, and people often continue to be treated as objects in the classroom and in the curriculum. Using a critical race theory framework and a unique counternarrative methodology, American Indian Education explores a host of modern educational issues facing American Indian peoples - from the impact of Indian sports mascots on students and communities, to the uses and abuses of law that often never reach a courtroom, and the intergenerational impacts of American Indian education policy on Indian children today. By interweaving empirical research with accessible composite narratives, Matthew Fletcher breaches the gap between solid educational policy and the on-the-ground reality of Indian students, highlighting the challenges faced by American Indian students and paving the way for an honest discussion about solutions.

Keywords: American Indian Law, education law, critical race theory

Suggested Citation

Fletcher, Matthew L. M., American Indian Education: Counternarratives in Racism, Struggle, and the Law (2008). AMERICAN INDIAN EDUCATION: COUNTERNARRATIVES IN RACISM, STRUGGLE, AND THE LAW, Routledge, 2008 ; MSU Legal Studies Research Paper No. 06-13. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1137769

Matthew L. M. Fletcher (Contact Author)

Michigan State University College of Law ( email )

318 Law College Building
East Lansing, MI 48824-1300
United States

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