A Study of Indigenous Boys and Men

by Bryn McKinley Jones Brayboy; Jessica A. Solyom

Aug 1, 2017

The authors highlight community programs that promote the education and well-being of Native men and boys. The findings and recommendations capture the breadth and depth of educational experiences among Indigenous men and boys. In addition, the authors identify guiding principles that might not otherwise be included in archival data or as educational tactics, such as cultural practices (i.e., spirituality) in intervention(s), personal, and emotional influences, and other individualized details regarding educational access, persistence, and attainment.

  • There must be a more systemic, systematic, and intentional effort to collect data, including by oversampling for American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian peoples.
  • Agencies find ways to link data sets and resources. Life is not simply about what happens in school or an individual’s (or group’s) engagement with the justice system alone.
  • Create Native cultural centers on college campuses will allow young men there to both have a refuge from the daily stressors of being on campuses that are often hostile to them, and to engage in community building.
  • Open new funding streams that will allow researchers opportunities to explore the current state of education, health (both mental and physical), culture and linguistic, justice-related, suicidality, labor, nutrition, and housing for Indigenous peoples more generally and Indigenous boys and men more specifically.
  • Institutions and researchers must be deliberate and intentional in examining and exploring the current state of Indigenous boys and men.