SimHayKin Swawilla Jack is a Race and Cultural Studies major. She is minoring in English, American Indian Studies, and Chicana/o Education. She transferred to Eastern Washington University from Spokane Falls Community College in 2011, where she received her Associate of Arts Degree. Before attending SFCC she attended Inchelium School in Inchelium, WA, where she received her high school diploma.
She is of Nez Perce, Sanpoil, and Oglala descent; she grew up on the Colville Indian Reservation. She is a first generation student. She was encouraged, and is still actively encouraged by both her mom and dad to pursue higher education. She hopes to pursue a Ph. D. in the area of Race and Culture or American Indian Studies.
Dr. Martin Meraz-Garcia, Assistant Professor, Chicano Education Program, EWU
2013 TRiO McNair Research Internship Abstract- A Comparative Study of the Impact of Activism and/or Resistance on Indegenious and Chicano Identity
SimHayKin S. Jack Dr. Martin Meraz-Garcia Chicano Education Dr. Deirdra Almeida Indian Studies Race and Culture Studies Eastern Washington University 2 Indian Education Center Cheney, WA 99004
According to prominent Native American scholar K.T. Lomawaima, Indigenous peoples, when confronted with new and dominant cultures, often choose to resist indoctrination into that culture. Rather than accepting the imposed culture of the dominant group they tightly grasp their Indigenous roots. Operating under this model shall be conducted a comparative study of both Indigenous peoples and Chicanas/os, its purpose is to study the two groups and ascertain whether or not social activism and/or resistance foster Indigenous and/or Chicana/o identity, strengthen a previously existing sense of identity, or have a negative impact on how they connect with their respective identities. The primary focus in researching this area is to determine how people of Indigenous and/or Chicana/o ancestry are affected by the actions they take and/or any social resistance they choose to participate in. The aim of this research is to better understand how both of these groups react when faced with dominant social groups on an individual basis and on a group level. The empirical data being used in this study include 16 interviews of both Native Americans and Chicanas/os activist between the ages of 18 and 85 in Washington State. Additionally, archival documents pertaining to this topic will be consulted, biographies of Native Americans who have gone through the boarding school system, Chicanos who have gone through Americanization schools, schools geared toward the burgeoning Chicana/o community, and notable members of both the American Indian Movement, key members of the Chicano movement, and other literary works of scholarly value. The information gathered through both research and interviews details how individuals of Indigenous ancestry and Chicanas/os are shaped by the actions they undertake or choose not to take.
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