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Old 08-31-2007, 05:01 AM   #1
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(New Public Opinion Research of Indians, Non-Indians Reveals Wide Gaps, Mutual Desire to Increase Understanding Through Education) =

New Public Opinion Research of Indians, Non-Indians Reveals Wide Gaps,
Mutual Desire to Increase Understanding Through Education

Most of the public admit knowing little of contemporary Indian life;

Indians eager to show successes and continuing challenges

NEW YORK, Aug. 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The nonpartisan public

opinion research and citizen engagement organization Public Agenda today

released a new qualitative study exploring how American Indians(1) and non-

Indians think about each other titled "Walking a Mile: A First Step Toward

Mutual Understanding." The research explores Indians' perceptions of their

place in contemporary American society and how non-Indians view American

Indians, what they know (or think they know), the generalizations they make

and stereotypes they hold, how their perceptions were formed and their

interest in learning more.
The research is available online at:

_http://www.publicagenda.org/WalkingaMile_
(Public Agenda Research Reports: Walking a Mile: A First Step Toward Mutual Understanding)
Given the limited documented opinion research on the topic, this study

may be one of the most in-depth examinations of the thinking of these two

groups about each other yet undertaken. The findings are based on the views

of people in 12 focus groups conducted in 2006 and 2007 throughout the

United States: seven with Indians and five with non-Indians.
The research details the thinking of both groups regarding Indian

history, the present and how better understanding can develop in the

future. The research shows how little most members of the public know about

the diversity of contemporary Indian experience and points to the need for

depictions of Indians outside of casinos and impoverished reservations.
The research also points to a number of revelations that call for

additional research. For instance, why non-Indians acknowledge that Indians

have been badly mistreated in the past, on the one hand, and yet at the

same time resent what they see as "preferential treatment" by the

government, on the other.
The study includes detailed analysis of the research, extensive quotes

from participants and a matrix that succinctly summarizes Indians' and non-

Indians' attitudes on basic issues, views of daily Indian life, Indian

culture and identity and how to move forward. The research was made

possible by a grant from The Christian A. Johnson Endeavor Foundation
(1) While some Indians interviewed for this project prefer to use the

term "Native American," the Bureau of Indian Affairs reports that the

tribes it represents generally prefer the term "American Indian."

Consequently, the latter is used exclusively in the report.
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one should strive to understand themselves, it may help them to understand others.......... on a related subject there is a GREAT book.... "Neither Wolf nor dog" by K. Nerburn, I may have the author's name misspelled.... it is my suggestion that this book be required reading.... wether you are native or not. It helped me to understand myself better.
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hey BB how you doing Mamma? Thanks yet again for something to pick with my brain. Will have to go to the link later and dive in. should be interseting. Atleast with this study they, are not telling us what we think of our culture. lol. anyway, I am off to catch up on everything, have a great day.
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Migizi... sorry for not replying sooner.. Since I got back from OK, it's just been one thing after another... I found some time this morning.. er made some time this morning to be on here though LOL!

Anyone else wish there were an extra 6 hours in a day just to do the stuff you WANT to do?
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