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2015 BYU Educ. & L.J. 353 (2015)
Indian Education: Maintaining Tribal Sovereignty through Native American Culture and Language Preservation

handle is hein.journals/byuelj2015 and id is 367 raw text is: INDIAN EDUCATION: MAINTAINING TRIBAL
SOVEREIGNTY THROUGH NATIVE AMERICAN
CULTURE AND LANGUAGE PRESERVATION
I.  INTRODUCTION
The   United    States  government    has   attempted    to
accommodate, assimilate, and terminate the Indian since
declaring its Independence.' Indian Education Policy was no
different as it duplicated the general Federal Indian Policy
making an indirect substantial impact on tribal sovereignty.
This impact is felt today as traditional Native American
languages are becoming extinct, and the future tribal leaders
are  struggling   to  perform   on  comparable    levels  with
mainstream American students. Tribal sovereignty at its core
is threatened by the upcoming generation of future leaders not
knowing their traditional culture or language. Preserving
Native American culture and language will not only improve
the individual Native American student's success, but culture
and language preservation will also preserve tribal sovereignty.
Part II of this Comment provides the background of Indian
Education and its roots in general Federal Indian Policy. Part
III looks at current Indian Education policy in terms of current
federal legislation that attempts to remedy the effects of the
assimilation period and policy. Part IV describes the current
state of Indian Education, specifically as it relates to Native
American   student performance. Part V       explores current
proposals to both federal and state education policy that may
aid in supporting tribal sovereignty through Indian Education,
and Part VI concludes.
1 Even before this country was a nation, the insensitive precedent had been
cast to destroy Indian culture and tribal integrity by removing Indian children from
their families and tribal setting. Manuel P. Guerrero, Indian Child Welfare Act of
1978. A Response to the Threat to Indian Culture Caused by Foster and Adoptive
Placements of Indian Children, 7 AM. INDIAN L. REV. 51 (1979).

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