First Advisor

Grant M. Farr

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Master of Science (M.S.) in Sociology






Indians of North America -- Oregon -- Portland -- Attitudes, Indians of North America -- Education -- Oregon -- Portland, Indians of North America -- Urban residence -- Oregon -- Portland, Indians of North America -- Cultural assimilation -- Oregon -- Portland



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1 online resource ( 2, iv, 55 p.)


The purpose of this thesis is to study the relationship between educational attitudes and certain background features of Native Americans, in particular, where they were raised and what type of school they attended. The sample used consisted of 120 completed mail out-mail back surveys that were used primarily as a Needs Assessment for the Portland Indian Health clinic. The sample was randomly selected from the Portland Indian Health Clinic client/patient mailing list. The findings of this thesis indicate that the attitudes of Native Americans toward education in general are positive. The findings also indicate that older Native Americans who experienced being sent to a B.I.A. boarding school off the reservation have the least positive attitudes towards Indian Education programs. Implications and recommendation for further research are discussed.


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