Power and Place: Indian Education in America

Feb 15th, 2003 | By | Category: 14-3: Your Heroes Are Not Our Heroes, Media Reviews

POWER AND PLACE COVERby Vine Deloria, Jr., and Daniel R. Wildcat
Fulcrum Resources, 2001
168 pages

Review by Barbi G. Lehn

The current state of, and future goals of, Indian education in America are discussed in this important book. In a series of 16 essays, Vine Deloria, Jr. and Daniel R. Wildcat build on one another’s points and strengthen the arguments each presents for Indian education. This powerful book reads like a drum, never skipping a beat.

Vine Deloria is a Standing Rock Sioux author and a retired university professor of political science and history. Daniel Wildcat (Euchee) is a professor of sociology in the Department of American Indian Studies at Haskell Indian Nations University.

The bibliography is a useful stand-alone guide for Indian educators seeking to give Indian students an exposure to the entire canon of Western educational philosophy, without taking a lot of their time. The Euro-Western canon is critiqued and found lacking. The authors argue that in Euro-Western educational systems there is a lack of a sense of “place” as an internal centering point around which learning occurs. This prevents learning from occurring and personality from developing. This is an essential title for all tribal libraries and highly recommended.

Barbi G. Lehn, MLS, (Santee Sioux Tribe of Nebraska) is the library director at Wheeling Jesuit University in Wheeling, WV. She directed the library at Sinte Gleska University from 1996 until 1999.

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