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Clara Sue Kidwell

In: Gender and Women's Leadership: A Reference Handbook

Chapter 64: Women's Leadership in the Development of American Indian Studies

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Women's Leadership in the Development of American Indian Studies
Women's leadership in the development of American Indian studies

There is a certain irony in considering American Indian women as leaders in higher education in contemporary American society. Historically, formal education was the tool of European colonial and American governments to assimilate American Indians into civilized society, whereas leaders of native nations saw schools as a way of learning to deal with encroaching outside powers in order to protect their own governments and territories. Despite the policies of the U.S. government to destroy the cultural identity of ...

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