People assume that is a 'well educated' person moves to a village he will contribute more. Wrong.
'Modern education' simply gives us one world view, implying that those outside of that are backward and need to be civilised. In actualality, the 'modern educated' people with their inventions have driven the world to its breaking point, and the answers can only be found in the village skills and sustainable practices.
The 'well educated' person needs a lot more of unschooling before he can see village realities and strengths and participate sensitively and meaningfully. I have been that person, and I know what I am saying.
That said, I'm not sure about the natives who lost their own original cultures and have been forced to adapt to civilized life (ex: most SC/ST people today are just farm labourers; This systematic destruction of forests, their livelihoods and freedom must have happened a long time ago, I guess).
BTW, The Okanagans of so-called British Columbia. follow a method that is close to GS although they go beyond and have voices representing non humans, traditional knowledge and customs, etc.,
Maybe it is too early for me to say this but you can take these as my initial observations - while I have developed a huge respect for the village skills, I don't see them getting transferred to the next generation and not too many sustainable practices are left in the village. The shops in my village import food and pretty much everything from the city. Plastics rule. Most sell their nuts and milk, and buy oil. Tea and Tasmac are the staple drinks. There are 5 tea shops for 500 houses. Everyone who sees us walking or riding the cycle advises us to buy a two-wheeler or bring the car. No, I am not complaining :-) Nor can I impose my 'civilised worldview' on the village - they are already more 'civilised' and 'modern' than I am.
The Gram of Gandhi doesn't exist anymore. Gram Swaraj is going to require more resistance and reinvention, than the freedom struggle.