Sustaining American Indian Culture through Education
Receiving a U.S. national “Best Practices” award in 2003 from the National Association of Colleges of Teacher Education, the Big Horn Teachers Projects significantly increased the number of American Indian (AI) certified teachers in Montana, held four summer institutes and 81 school in-services integrating AI concepts into state and local curricula, and included components for integration in university courses. Multicultural libraries were established at both Montana State University-Billings and the tribal college, Little Big Horn College. This paper describes the successes and obstacles encountered in the implementation of these projects, as well as how they have assisted in sustaining the Crow language and culture on the Crow Reservation and in the state of Montana.
||Education, Indigenous Cultures, American Indian, Native American
The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Volume 2, Issue 7, pp.77-82.
Article: Print (Spiral Bound).
Article: Electronic (PDF File; 792.302KB).
Dr. Susan Barfield (Associate Professor in the College of Education at Montana State University-Billings) received a Ph.D. in Education (Multicultural/Bil./ESL) from George Mason University. Dr. Barfield has 33 years of success in every facet of teaching, counseling, and school/community relations at the K-12 and college levels (Outstanding Faculty Achievement Award, 2005 and Fulbright Fellowship for the Ministry of Education, Chile, 2007). Dr. Barfield has conducted program evaluations since 1990 for dual language/immersion programs in Spanish, French, German, Japanese, Arabic, and Chinese, including the Chinese American Immersion School in San Francisco and Becker Elementary School (Arabic) in Dearborn, Michigan. In addition, Dr. Barfield has been a Principal Investigator, Project Director, and Faculty Advisor for several U.S. Department of Education projects.
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