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American Indian tribal values: a critical consideration in the education of American Indians/Alaska Natives today

WithJohn W. Tippeconnic III and Mary Jo Tippeconnic Fox

The education of American Indians1/Alaska Natives (AI/AN) has increasingly become more complex given the issues associated with maintaining tribal languages and cultures, issues of tribal identity, changing societal and tribal demographics, the influence of economic, health, political, and social factors, and the role formal education plays in delivering culturally relevant education to students and tribal communities. The strengths and issues are substantial, given the over 200 languages and vast cultural differences between and within the 565 federally recognized tribes in Indian Country. Students are being exposed to so much more in the world, both good and bad, that it makes focusing on tribal languages and cultures in homes, communities, and schools a real challenge.