Young Bear (American Indians Ready Reference)
Article abstract: During the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, when official government policy called for Indian assimilation, Young Bear advocated revitalization of Indian traditions.
The last of several Fox chiefs to bear the name, Young Bear was the son of Pushetonequa. Fearing the diminution of Fox culture, Young Bear encouraged his people to restore their tribal customs. To that end, he recorded tribal legends and sponsored a revival of traditional arts and crafts. He bemoaned the U.S. government's intervention in educating Indian children, fearing that white education combined with racial intermarriage would result in the death of Fox culture.
Young Bear died in 1933, a year before President Franklin D. Roosevelt and his commissioner of Indian affairs, John Collier, instituted a policy of Indian revitalization embodied in the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934.
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