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February 15, 2001

CSUS Talk Focuses on Native American Education

Jana Noel, teacher education professor at California State University, Sacramento, will talk about the historical concepts of unity and diversity at a cultural solutions seminar, 4:30 - 6 p.m., Monday, Feb. 19 in Mariposa Hall 1001.

Noel's seminar "From Savages to Poets: Changing Conceptions of Unity as Seen in Native American Education," will explore the concepts of unity and diversity and their historical impact on Native American educational practices.

"I want to look at what the process of Native American education has been during the past century," Noel says. "In the 1900s to 1920s, the educational focus was on stripping the Native Americans of their identities, and today the emphasis is quite different. It's interesting to see the contrast between what white educators wanted a century ago and what Native American educators want for their children today."

The seminar is part of the University's Year of Unity, a campus-wide commitment to promote peace, tolerance and understanding.

Noel came to CSUS this fall from Montana State University, where she taught for nine years. She has published two books about multicultural education and has worked on educational projects with schools in the south-central Los Angeles area and with the Montana Indian reservations.

Noel's academic focus is primarily in educational philosophy and she has served as an evaluator for the California Community Colleges' Equal Opportunity Program and Services and for the Migrant Education Preschool Program in California's Fillmore Unified School District.

For information about the seminar call (916) 278-6639. Media assistance is available by contacting the CSUS public affairs office at (916) 278-6156.

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