Racial Segregation Of Native American Children

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Thesis: Being forced to move into certain neighborhoods, Native Americans, African Americans, Chicanos, and Japanese Americans had to adapt to what they were forcefully given. By giving each community a barrier of living, residential segregation attributed to the subconscious use of school segregation within all four communities.
Indian tribes had their own education arrangements already in place prior to the landing of Columbus in 1492. Indian education comprised of specific roles played by each member of the tribe that concentrated on survival as a group of people. The transfer of knowledge from elders to the young, from men to boys, from women to girls, encircling the history, culture and religion of each tribe, created an education program that was passed on through oral tradition and practical, hands-on preparation. For Native American children, going to school away from their reservation were the worst thing that could happen to them. Native American children were stripped from their culture as soon as they arrived to their new schools/homes. “The goal of these reformers was to use education as a tool to “assimilate” Indian tribes into the mainstream of the “American way of life,” a Protestant ideology of the mid-19th century” (Reyhner 117). Indian people would be taught the importance of private property, material wealth and monogamous nuclear families. The crusaders assumed that it was necessary to “civilize” Indian people and make them accept white men’s beliefs
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