Influence Of Native American Culture

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The United States has a dominant culture that those raised in the States are used to. Cultures vary in category. Some cultures are grouped together by race, gender, socio-economic status, the environment, sexual identity, and IQ. As an educator, it is best practice never to assume someone is like the rest of his or her culture. Being open-minded and willing to learn from them will create a successful teacher-student relationship. According to Native American Contributions, Native American influence is found in many US states (http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/nrcs141p2_024206.pdf). Some states include Arizona, Minnesota, Kentucky, North and South Dakota, and New Mexico. Being aware of Native American culture will help…show more content…
They believe that life was made to connect with nature. The soil we touch, the rocks we pass by, nature was designed to be connected to us (pg.79). The US has built and damaged a lot of sacred land just to create empires and civilizations. According to Spradlin, “The estimated population of American Indians and Alaska Natives is 4.9 million. Members of this ethnic group make up 1.6 percent of the total population,” (pg.81). Native Americans have an unemployment rate of 24.2, high school dropouts at 60 percent, and an increase of Native American suicides the last 20 years. There is also double drug use and alcoholism than the national average. Why is this so and how can Native Americans become successful in school and learning? According to Spradlin, students’ parents, grandparents, great grandparents came over to the US looking for true freedom and a blessed life. With historic records, Native Americans were probably treated with slavery or colonization. They often rebelled against this because of their knowledge of the terrain. Students that are of Native American descent may mistrust authority. They may struggle for personal and cultural survival from the dominant culture to keep their identity

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