A Place to Be Navajo: Rough Rock and the Struggle for Self-Determination in Indigenous Schooling

Synopsis

A Place To Be Navajo is the only book-length ethnographic account of a revolutionary Indigenous self-determination movement that began in 1966 with the Rough Rock Demonstration School. Called Dine Bi'olta', The People's School, in recognition of its status as the first American Indian community-controlled school, Rough Rock was the first to teach in the Native language and to produce a body of quality children's literature by and about Navajo people. These innovations have positioned the school as a leader in American Indian and bilingual/bicultural education and have enabled school participants to wield considerable influence on national policy. This book is a critical life history of this singular school and community.

Additional information

Contributors:
Includes content by:
  • Joshua A. Fishman
  • Teresa L. McCarty
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Mahwah, NJ
Publication year:
  • 2002

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