The Hootch case was a class action suit that established the right of
Alaska Native students to attend secondary school in their home
communities. The authors review the history of Native education, give the
background of the suit, and present behavioral science data on school
adjustment of Alaska Natives and American Indian students. These data,
included in an amicus curiae brief, were incorporated into the court
decision. The authors consider this case a positive example of psychiatric
involvement in social policy matters.