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Congratulations to Dr. John Laukaitis CEPS Alumnus on Book Publication

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Dr. John J. Laukaitis, assistant professor of education at North Park University in Chicago and a graduate of Loyola’s Cultural and Educational Policy Studies Program has just published with SUNY Albany Press, a book arising out of his dissertation research.  His book, Community Self-Determination: A History of American Indian Education in Chicago, 1952–2006, examines the important activist work done by the American Indian community in Chicago to set up schools in the second half of the twentieth century.  These community-based initiatives included youth programs at the American Indian Center and St. Augustine’s Center for American Indians, the Native American Committee’s Adult Learning Center, Little Big Horn High School, O-Wai-Ya-Wa Elementary School, Native American Educational Services College, and the Institute for Native American Development at Truman College.  Dr. Laukaitis’ book is based on extensive archival and oral history research and is the first major study of the educational activism of Chicago’s American Indian community.