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The Miner's Canary: Tribal Control Of American Indian Education And The First Amendment, John E. Silverman Jan 1992

The Miner's Canary: Tribal Control Of American Indian Education And The First Amendment, John E. Silverman

Fordham Urban Law Journal

One legacy of America's mistreatment of its indigenous peoples has been an educational policy that has run roughshod over Native American Free Exercise rights. Today, American Indian tribes widely seek increased control over the education of their children. This position has received broad congressional and presidential support since the Nixon Administration, but more than twenty years later, Native Americans are still fighting to attain their goals. Federal statistics that rank American Indians as our least educated, most addicted, shortest-lived citizens suggest tremendous room for improvement in Indian education. Despite certain circuit court Free Exercise Clause decisions that unreasonably hold Indian …