Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department / School

Sociology and Rural Studies


During the period 1964 to 1968 the author visited thirteen American Indian reservations in Minnesota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Nebraska, and Utah. Urban Indians living in St. Paul and Minneapolis, Minnesota: Mission, Pierre, and Rapid City, South Dakota: and Sioux City, Iowa, have been informally interviewed during this time. Firsthand knowledge of American Indian college students was gained by advising an integrated white-Indian campus club from 1966-68. Personal contact since April,1968, with white and Indian leaders involved in Indian education at Navaho College, University of Utah; Black Hills State College, Spearfish, South Dakota; and five secondary schools in South Dakota and Minnesota provided many germinal ideas for the study. Finally, the author was fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to teach a mixed class of Indian-white college extension students through the Northeast South Dakota Community Action Program offices at Sisseton, South Dakota, this past year. Since 1966 the author has been impressed by the sincere desire of adult American Indians and American Indian college students to achieve academically at the same level as their white peers. In contrast, it is somewhat disconcerting to repeatedly encounter the negative emphasis placed on the American Indian’s educational potential that is contained in the literature. The present study will attempt to ascertain the relevant factors associated with Indian educational achievement.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Indians of North America -- South Dakota

Indians of North America -- Education

Dakota Indians -- Education

South Dakota State University Theses



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South Dakota State University