llama11 wrote:Older NA men are likely to be iron workers, plumbers, carpenters, electricians, veterans, auto mechanics etc. I think there is a perception that 'men' do this sort of work and going to college does not fit that mold.
Something people need to understand about the older Native generations (those that grew up in the early half of the 1900s), was that they were most likely sent (read: forced) to many of the Indian boarding schools around the country in order to "civilize" them. Of course the process of "civilizing" them was to prepare them for menial tasks such as the jobs described above. This process was also not something that was done gently, many of these children either had to get with the program or found their way to an untimely death (thus, the numerous graves of Native children at boarding schools such as Haskell). Considering we're only 70-80 years removed from these assimilation policies, the legacy still remains in regard to how many Natives view the Western education system in general.
Also, some reservation schools get the rejects who are barred from getting a job in non-reservation schools (felons, former sex abusers, etc.). So if they aren't getting encouragement at home, they definitely aren't getting it from these terrible role models who in many cases are only there because they can't get a job teaching anywhere else.