This dissertation is a qualitative case study focused on Native American language and culture teachers' views on the New Mexico Indian Education Act of 2003 (NMIEA). The study was a two-part research project with data being collected through: 1.) surveys and 2.) interviews. In the first phase of the study, approximately 49 surveys provided an overall evaluation from parents, community members, teachers and administrators on the NMIEA. The survey explored whether or not the act is serving its purpose. Some of the respondents provided comments as well as recommendations. In the second-part of the study, 18 participants were interviewed. The teachers described their challenges and provided recommendations to the language policies, including curriculum development. The structure of the study is based on data analysis of the following themes: support, alignment and development. There are multiple layers to this case study. The teachers provided recommendations related to how curriculum and policies should be shaped and what professional development means to them.
Native American language and culture teacher, New Mexico Indian Education Act of 2003
Language, Literacy and Sociocultural Studies
Level of Degree
Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Studies
First Committee Member (Chair)
Second Committee Member
Lee, Tiffany S.
Third Committee Member
Becenti, Geneva. "Indigenous Language Educator's Experiences: Addressing Issues on the New Mexico Indian Education Act of 2003 and Strengthening the New Mexico Indigenous Language Programs in Public Schools." (2016). https://digitalrepository.unm.edu/educ_llss_etds/59