NATIVE MINDS RISING: Exploring Transformative Indigenous Education

Edited By: Gregory A. Cajete


The principles of empowerment through a new expression of Indigenous education are facilitated by both Indigenous and non-Indigenous people recognizing the hidden oppression and uneven levels of power and privilege which are the legacy of colonialism. The stories of the oppressive history of America must be heard. The historic and contemporary forms of trauma, grief and loss of Indigenous people must be acknowledged. There must be recognition that the effects of marginalization and racism are ongoing.

To address these effects, a contemporary Indigenous education theory must validate the inherent strength of Indian people in their resiliency and instinct for survival. It must allow for trust in Indigenous Peoples ability to develop a new expression of education over time. There must be a deep and long-term commitment to create and enact a transformative vision of the role a contemporary expression of Indigenous education can play. Such a vision must be built upon mutual respect and shared power for all participants. In many ways, this movement toward defining a new vision for Indigenous education has already begun. What is most important in these beginning stages is listening to the voices of Indian people, validating their positions and understanding their need for empowerment as they strive to create a new and transformative vision for Indigenous education in the 21st century.

Native Minds Rising presents the research and stories of a new group of Indigenous scholars and practitioners who are researching or participating in the development of Indigenous-based research while working in Indigenous communities.

  • ISBN: 978-1-926476-32-2
    Price: 30.00
    Binding: Paper
    Date: 2020
    Rights: World
    Pages: 194
    Size: 6” x 9”

  • Table of Contents


    Cover Symbolism
    A Note on Terminology
    Table of Contents

    Native Minds Rising: Exploring Transformative Education
    by Gregory A. Cajete

    Freedom Gives Birth to Beauty: A Diné Experiment in Education Liberation
    Lyla June Johnston

    Indigenous Peoples’ Transformative Research Framework
    Michele A. Sam

    Indigenous Arts as the Conduit to Cultural Learning
    heather ahtone

    Is Decolonizing Education Possible? Revisiting the Hegemonic Making of Compulsory Schooling and its Deculturalizing Effect on Chicanx/Indigenous People
    Darlene Lane Santa Cruz

    Core Teachings of Jack D. Forbes: Transformative Educational Foundations and Visions
    Joshua Frank Cárdenas

    Systemic Challenges to Native American Participation in Higher Education: Synthesis of the Literature
    Linda Tello

    The Economics of Generosity and Ghost Dance of Indigenous Education
    Arlo Starr

    Aitakuwahi: An Indigenous Scientist’s Pathway for Regeneration and Decolonization
    Dominique M. David-Chávez

    Transformative Visioning: An IndigenousProcess for Coming to Know
    Gregory Cajete

    About the Authors

  • Gregory A. Cajete

    Gregory Cajete, PhD is an educator, practicing artist, and educational consultant. He is a Tewa Indian from Santa Clara Pueblo, New Mexico, where he lives with his wife Patricia and son, James. Dr. Cajete has taught extensively at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, where he was the founding Director of the Centre for Research and Cultural Exchange. Additionally, he has lectured widely in schools, universities, and for educational programs throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and the former Soviet Union. Currently, Dr. Cajete is an associate professor in the College of Education at the University of New Mexico, and is also Director of Native American Studies at UNM. He also operates a private educational consulting firm, Tewa Educational Consulting, specializing in environmental education and multicultural curriculum/program development in science, social sciences, and the arts.

  • At last, a valuable and insightful work that moves beyond narrow, descriptive analyses of Indigenous education pathologies to repositioning the transforming potential of Indigenous-thinking, critical awareness and self-development.

    Graham Hingangaroa Smith, PhD

    Distinguished Professor
    Deputy Vice-Cancellor Maori
    Massey University, New Zealand

    Native Minds Rising is a gift of power, wisdom, relevance and urgency. Indigenous ways of learning, knowing and living are vital pathways to a healthy future.

    Cheryl Charles, PhD

    Co-Founder and CEO Emerita
    Children & Nature Network

    Indigenous thinking is requested on the planet because it sees the natural world and ancestral ways as central to understanding life. This form of relationality is found here in Native Minds Rising and its effort to organize a way forward is both timely and timeless. Mahalo nui for this collection! Let us all rise to the challenges of our time to be of service to world-wide-awakening! When Native peoples and philosophies thrive, our world will heal.

    Manulani Aluli Meyer

    Native Hawaiian
    Associate Faculty Specialist - Kūlana o Kapolei
    University of Hawaiʻi West Oʻahu

    I am deeply captured by the emergence of Indigenous scholars in this volume whose writing represents a 'new song' in the continued transformation of Indigenous education.

    Herman Michell, PhD

    Indigenous Educator & Consultant
    Prince Albert, Saskatchewan Canada