Analyzes American Indian education in the last century and compares
the tribal, mission, and Bureau of Indian Affairs schools.
To Live Heroically examines American Indian education during the
last century, comparing the tribal, mission, and Bureau of Indian
Affairs (BIA) schools and curriculums and the assumptions that each
system made about the role that Indians should assume in society.
This significant book analyzes the relationship between the rise of
institutional racism and the fall of public education in the United
States using the history of American Indian education as a
The author asserts that had the federal government really wanted
an educated, self-sufficient Indian population, it would have
selected the successful nineteenth-century tribal models of Indian
education rather than the mission or BIA schools. And her
description of the reservation and bordering white community
demonstrates the depth of institutional racism and its impact on
local politics, economics, and education. Huff wants the reader to
see how policy is made about Indian education and to recognize the
complex issues that Indian (and other minority) families and
educators deal with in real communities...". -- Carol Cornelius,
University of Wisconsin at Green Bay
"... This book gets the dialogue, behind the ostensible, and
goes for the jugular. It could have been written only by someone
with a keen eye and some trench experience". -- Frank Anthony Ryan,
President of Information and Management Technologies, and former
Director of the Office of Indian Education and Deputy Director of
the Bureau of Indian Affairs
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