Critical and culturally sustaining indigenous family and community engagement in education

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Essential to indigenous identities and notions of family and communities, this chapter begins with a brief interaction with the history of American Indian education through the voices of native students and families. It draws upon several key critical indigenous frameworks which have informed the author’s own theoretical orientations in conceptualizing indigenous family engagement. The chapter offers a brief discussion around indigenous epistemologies that recognizes the power and strength in our indigenous communities. Finally, it addresses the call for educators and schools serving indigenous students, families, and communities to begin seeing school to home relations as a culturally sustaining indigenous family engagement (CSIFE). Educators and families are encouraged to see this as an analytical lens to begin contextualizing partnerships between indigenous families, communities, and schools that lead to spaces of empowerment, self-determination, and sovereignty. Importantly, indigenous families and communities remain vibrant, healthy, and strong in their desire for the well-being of their children.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Wiley Handbook of Family, School, and Community Relationships in Education
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9781119083054
ISBN (Print)9781119082552
StatePublished - Jan 7 2019


  • American indian education
  • Critical indigenous frameworks
  • Csife
  • Indigenous communities
  • Indigenous families
  • Native students

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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