Teacher Education, Educational Leadership & Policy ETDs

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In the year 1950, public laws 815 and 874 were formally added to the federal statutes through action by the Congress of the United States. This legislation provided federal funds to public schools under conditions which enabled and encouraged their integration of Indian students. Overall, such integration was advantageous to Indian groups. Since the 1920's the conviction that Indians learned better in the public schools, where there was increased contact with the majority culture, had been growing. Recent research, involving Indian students from mission schools, federal schools, and public schools, supported this conviction. The transfer of students from Bureau of Indian Affairs schools to public schools, however, was accompanied by numerous factors of considerable import to all concerned.

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Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education

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Teacher Education, Educational Leadership & Policy

First Committee Member (Chair)

Miles Vernon Zintz

Second Committee Member

Chester C. Travelstead

Third Committee Member

Henry Carleton Ellis