Career Developmental Needs of Native Americans Research Paper by Nicky

A research paper on the career developmental needs of Native Americans.
# 150836 | 2,629 words | 7 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on Apr 26, 2012 in Education (General) , Native-American Studies (General)

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This paper examines the literature on the career developmental needs of Native Americans and primarily those residing in urban areas and reservations in the Southwestern portion of the United States. The paper finds that assistance to Native American Indian youth has progressed over the past several decades and that collaborative projects involving many actors and partners all contributing to the furtherance of the education and transition of Native American Indian youth has been that which has most greatly supported these advances.

Background of the Study
Methodology of Study
Literature Review
Summary and Conclusion

From the Paper:

"Historically, and as noted in the work of Delcruz (1978) social reality and historical relationships are much slower to change than "congressional wisdom", or in other words that which is legislated is often slow in application and implementation in changing the method that has been used throughout history in deal with relationships and the everyday real-life experiences of certain minorities and in this study specifically that of the Native American Indian.
"The work of Joseph B. Delzcruz entitled: "Educational Programs for Native Americans: Implications for Vocational Education Research and Development" states that legislation was enacted in the early 1960s by Congress and the Kennedy-Johnson Administration that was "...more responsive to Native Americans." (1978) Delcruz relates that these legislative changes ..."advanced to passage of the Indian Self-Determination and Educational Assistance Act of 1975 (P.L. 93-638) which states in part, that 'the Congress hereby recognizes the obligation of the Indian People for self-determination... [and' "the Indian people will never surrender their desire to control their relationships both among themselves and non-Indian governments, organizations, and persons." (Delcruz, 1978) Delcruz writes that the problem was that the treaties "contained provisions for vocational training, but the training was superimposed with assumptions by non-Indians as to the type of training and the process of instruction." (1978)"

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Belgarde, Mary Jiron and Lore, Richard K. (2004) The Retention/Intervention Study of Native American Undergraduates at the University of New Mexico. Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory and Practice. Vol. 5, No. 2 2004. Online available at:,5,7;journal,23,40;linkingpublicationresults,1:300319,1
  • Shafer, Michael S. and Rangasamy, R. (1995) Transition and Native American Youth: A follow-up Study of Schools Leavers on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation. Journal of Rehabilitation. Jan-Mar 1995. Online available at:
  • Pathways to Possibilities: Supporting the Transition of American Indian High School Youth. University of Minnesota. Transition Projects for American Indian Youth. Online available at:
  • Native Pathway to Adulthood: Training for Tribal and Non-Tribal Child Welfare Workers. Author: National Resource Center for Youth Services, University of Oklahoma. 2004. Available at
  • The Path Before Me: Questions to Guide American Indian Youth Toward Responsible Living. Author: Kroner, M. 1997. Available from the National Resource Center for Youth Services, University of Oklahoma,

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