Date of Award

Spring 1992

Document Type

Dissertation - Restricted

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)



First Advisor

Zaffrann, Ronald

Second Advisor

Nordberg, Robert

Third Advisor

Platz, Donald


The purpose of this study was to find the factors in the self-identity of American Indians. The idea for this particular qualitative research project grew out of a love for people of all races and nations. My own multi-cultural experiences coupled with courses helped this study become an enriching experience for me and for those who supported me through the challenges that were inevitable in a project of this length and breadth. To me, it was a time of tremendous growth as I met and became a part of the lives of the people I interviewed. They opened their hearts and shared generously.



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