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Native American Bilingual Education

An Ethnography of Powerful Forces

Cheryl K. Crawley

Native American Bilingual Education
Native American Bilingual Education

Native American Bilingual Education

An Ethnography of Powerful Forces

Cheryl K. Crawley

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For over thirty years, a political and social battle over bilingual education raged in the U.S. This book, a period piece rich in political, historical, and local western context, is the story of language, education, inequality and power clashes between the dominant society and the Crow Indian Reservation of Montana.

'Scholarly and beautifully written, [this book] presents a unique perspective and case. The author writes about the Crow and the bilingual education program with deep insight, knowledge, and compassion, grounded in her experience directing the program for several years and her perspective more generally as an educational (school district) administrator. … It documents an important case of U.S. Native American education and U.S. bilingual education, that is not documented elsewhere.'

‘In the end, Crawley makes the reader want to meet those Crow. Her appreciation, respect, understanding, and love for that people come through clearly. That is the best compliment one can pay any ethnographer.’

‘Dr Crawley is uniquely positioned to illuminate the battle that exists in public education for the rights of American Indian students and their families to have culture and language represented and affirmed by an educational system that is designed to eradicate American Indian culture and language. The purpose of the American system of education as it relates to American Indians has been one of assimilation. To that end, the perpetuation of Native languages continues to be a hard-fought battle. Dr Crawley’s experiences in public education and lifelong relationships developed within the Crow community provided a lens into the complex relationships between the need to perpetuate Native language and the public-school mission to assimilate.’

‘Dr Cheryl Crawley has been a noteworthy education leader for decades. Throughout her years of public service, she has become an expert in Native heritage language implementation in public schools. Importantly, she takes her cues from and works closely with American Indians and the Native language speakers themselves to develop her expertise. This book is necessary to ensure these stories about Native heritage languages in schools are expressed and championed. When I was Montana’s state Superintendent of Public Instruction, Dr Crawley was at the forefront of leading her district in our state’s Indian Education for All movement, which integrated accurate and truthful information about American Indians into all curricular areas. Her district was one that I held up as a model to follow on Indian education. I am happy to call Dr Crawley among the leaders I have learned from as she led a district that focused on equity, positive change, listening to community, and centering students in decision-making.’

‘As a graduate student at the University of New Mexico, I conducted a doctoral study of language maintenance on the Crow Reservation in the mid-1970s, just before Cheryl Crawley came on the scene. I recognized then that the Crow represented a special case of a Native American community that has sustained its socio-cultural identity to a remarkable degree. Drawing on her much longer engagement with the tribe, Dr. Crawley offers a very rich ethnographic account of life in Crow Country as background for a description of the exemplary bilingual education program that she implemented there. She is obviously an accomplished educational administrator and her passionate commitment to addressing the often intractable challenges in educating young Native American students is evident throughout the book.’

'Cheryl always understood the dynamics in our diverse community and schools. I followed Cheryl’s leadership from the Crow School bilingual program into central office administration, and I expect that this book will serve to help many more educators come to better understand the children they serve.'

The book illuminates the complexities of…powerful forces and how, taken together, they make sustaining bilingual education challenging. Crawley offers hope, pointing to nascent research on the practice of language revitalization as part of culturally relevant pedagogy and encourages further research in this area as well as support for tribal self-determination in education. Crawley embeds a strong call to action throughout the book, highlighting what good policy can do to support bilingual education. [It] would make an excellent contribution to an ethnographic or qualitative methods class as an exemplar of careful attention to ethnographic methodology, along with new ideas to extend and enrich ethnography in educational anthropology through use of classroom discourse analysis, longitudinal surveys, and testing data,



Cheryl K. Crawley has served in education administration for forty years. A third generation Montanan, she is a leadership coach, speaker, process facilitator, and a practicing anthropologist in socio-linguistics, cognitive science, policy, and change leadership.

Specifications

  • Publisher
    Emerald Publishing Limited
  • Pub date
    Mar 2024
  • Pages
    272
  • Theme
    Educational strategies and policy
  • Dimensions
    229 x 152 x 14 mm
  • Weight
    392 gram
  • EAN
    9781800433175
  • Paperback
    Paperback
  • Language
    English

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