Capturing Education


Capturing Education

Envisioning and Building the First Tribal Colleges

Paul Boyer

128 pages
11 black and white photographs


December 2015


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December 2015


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About the Book

Capturing Education examines the founding of the first tribally controlled American Indian colleges in the late 1960s and early 1970s and follows their subsequent growth and development, especially in the 1980s and 1990s. Based on oral histories recorded over a twenty-year period, it documents the motivations of the movement’s founders and the challenges they faced while establishing colleges on isolated and impoverished Indian reservations. Early leaders discuss the opposition they encountered from both Indians and non-Indians at a time when few people believed Indians could or should start their own colleges. The development of degree programs relevant to the practical needs of reservation communities, however, contributed to their eventual success despite such opposition. Continuing efforts to define and implement a culturally based philosophy of education are also discussed.

Author Bio

Paul Boyer is founding editor of Tribal College: Journal of American Indian Higher Education and the author of two reports about the tribal college movement for the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. He holds a PhD in educational theory and policy from Pennsylvania State University.

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