Cheyenne-Arapaho Education, 1871-1982
Once free and allied nations living on the northern plains of Wyoming, the Cheyenne and Arapaho people were forced to leave their ancestral homelands ... Show synopsis Once free and allied nations living on the northern plains of Wyoming, the Cheyenne and Arapaho people were forced to leave their ancestral homelands and relocate to the southern plains of Oklahoma. Under the terms of an 1867 treaty, they endured over a century of constantly changing government assimilation policy based on a three-pronged program of Christianization, civilization, and education. Cheyenne-Arapaho Education, 1871 -- 1982 is Henrietta Mann's powerful and moving account of the educational experiences of the two tribes during this long and painful period. A drama of human dimensions about individuals, families, tribe, and the federal government, Cheyenne-Arapaho Education is based upon the oral histories of several generations of the tribes -- most notably Mann's own recollections as well as those of her great grandmother, White Buffalo Woman, a Cheyenne born in 1852. Together these voices document the constant changes, frustration, and cultural and personal damage inflicted upon generations of the Cheyenne and Arapaho people by government policies. Presenting history and life experiences from the Cheyenne and Arapaho that cannot be found in documents, this volume also chronicles success in cultural continuity as told by the tribal members themselves. It is a moving tribute to the spirit and endurance of the Cheyenne and Arapaho peoples, as well as a powerful condemnation of government policies.