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Residential Deaf Schools; American Indians & Deafness

{x-posted to little_details, deaf, _nativeamerican}

Hi, all—

I’m hoping that someone can help me with an editing job I’m working on. One of my grandmother’s friends wrote the chapter on American Indians who are Deaf in Psychotherapy with Deaf Clients from Diverse Groups. The book is now going into its second edition, & she’s asked me to help her update her chapter. There are a couple issues that neither of us has found adequate answers to & with which I would really appreciate some help. Namely:

1. Can anyone give me any information on the percentage of students in the residential schools for the deaf who are American Indian? I assume this would vary from school to school, & may also be changing over time. Nancy (the author) has never come across any statistics whatsoever pertaining to this issue, but it would be an incredibly useful thing for us to know. If you know of a resource that we don’t, or if you have any personal experience in this matter, we would very (!!) much appreciate your input. If it’s personal experience, please tell me when & where your experience took place.

2. Relatedly: in Paris & Wood’s Step into the Circle, there’s a piece about a girl who was sent to a residential school & still comes home to her family on the reservation every weekend. If anyone knows how common that practice is, and whether it’s a newer development or if it’s always been possible, I would be much gratified to have your input! I guess the main issue here has to do with the degree of connectivity a deaf child born into a traditional family might maintain with his or her family/tribe after having been sent to a residential school.

3. Last but not least: Nancy would like to update the terminology in her article if necessary. Currently, she uses “American Indian” or “Indian” as an overarching term throughout (which, obviously, I’ve picked up from her) & refers when possible to individuals by their tribes. She also capitalizes “deaf” when it refers to Deaf culture or Deaf people. What does everyone think of this? If you belong to one or both of these groups, are there other terms you would prefer to see used? Or if you don’t belong to those groups but are familiar with the literature, what kind of terminology have you seen used, recently?

Anyway, PROFUSE thanks in advance. This is the first official editing job I’ve ever had, & I will really be very grateful for any help I can get!
Tags: usa (misc), usa: education (misc), ~deaf/hard of hearing, ~native americans

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