Recruiting American Indians to teach Indian children

The Arizona Republic reports on efforts to recruit Indian teacher at Navajo schools.

The article states: “Research shows that Native American children who live on reservations have unique learning styles and that it is easier to teach Navajos how to be teachers than it is to teach Navajo culture to Anglos.”

In Chinle [on the Navajo Nation Reservation], 98 percent of students are Native American, but just over half of the teachers are Navajo. In the Tohono O’odham Nation, which will start the program this summer on its reservation near Tucson, nearly 80 percent of the teachers are non-Native American.”

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