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Himdag and Belonging at Gila River: Interpreting the Experiences of Akimel O’odham College Graduates Returning to the Gila River Indian Community

Abstract Belonging to a tribe or American Indian Indigenous group in the United States, even if one has already been enrolled or accepted into the community, is a lifelong endeavor. Belonging may be achieved by meeting specific criteria during one life stage yet one must continue to behave and act in ways that align with community expectations to maintain a sense of belonging throughout all life stages. This descriptive qualitative case study presents the findings of in-depth interviews, with five individual tribal members, two male and three female participants, ranging in age from 25 to 55, who are college graduates and tribal members. The study aimed to understand the different forms and ideas of belonging for tribal members, how the notion of be... (more)
Created Date 2018
Contributor Molina, Mario (Author) / Brayboy, Bryan (Advisor) / Moore, Elsie (Committee member) / Nakagawa, Kathryn (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Educational psychology / Native American studies / Acceptance / American Indians / Belonging / Native American / Tribal / Tribe
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 213 pages
Language English
Note Doctoral Dissertation Educational Psychology 2018
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
Additional Formats MODS / OAI Dublin Core / RIS

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