Publication Date

Spring 4-24-2018

Document Type

Capstone project: Open access

Degree Name

MA Leadership Studies


Leadership Studies


The College dropout rate among Native American students in public high schools, Colleges and Universities is the highest compared to any other student group in the United States. Many have attributed this to the educational disparity that Native American students experience to the lack of cultural education, in addition to cultural bias against them in school or communities. Therefore, this research/applied project is focused on analyzing the collective leadership in Native American communities and the impact it has on a young person’s decision in pursuing higher education. In addition it will examine the importance of integrating Native American cultural classes in school curriculum, which will incorporate the importance of tribal values (culture and language preservation), cultural knowledge and skills, along with an enhanced learning environment to cultivate future leaders