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Baltimore County school officials want to drop 'gifted and talented' label; parents object

If you don't label the smartest kids "gifted and talented," will they still get the education they deserve? That's the question in Baltimore County, where school Superintendent Dallas Dance has proposed eliminating the name in a new policy — the latest move in a larger shift in how the district educates some of its brightest students. For some parents, it's a move that goes...

 

For thousands of D.C. students, school starts early with new, year-round schedule

It was the first week in August, and teachers at Kelly Miller Middle School were already scrambling to decorate classrooms and hone lesson plans. The school’s more than 500 students will arrive Monday at the Washington Northeast campus for the first day of school as summer continues for most others in the Washington area. They will be in class weeks earlier than in years...

 

Are schools to blame for the huge increase in kids being diagnosed with ADHD?

Miami - Hudson Dunn has always been an active boy. His daycare teachers called him “demanding” and “independent.” In preschool, he preferred singing and daydreaming to learning the ABCs. By the time he was in kindergarten in Broward County, Hudson was banned from class field trips unless his mother came along to keep track of him. He often came home crying. “It...

 

Fierce battle in Minnesota's 2nd District GOP primary

Burnsville conservative Oliver Wilson wants to vote for a congressional candidate who promotes national security. “I want to make sure my kids … aren’t fighting in a war,” he said. Melissa Armbrust said that as a teacher, she’s concerned about gun control. “It’s so easy for anyone to get a gun,” said the Apple Valley independent. http://www.s...

 

Members question motives for hikes in electric co-op solar fees

Wayne Hesse, a semiretired southwest Minnesota farmer, wants to install a raft of solar panels on his property. He’d generate electricity for his home and farm, and sell excess power back to his electric co-op. But his plan has hit a big roadblock. His co-op, Lyon-Lincoln Electric, recently rolled out a new fee for residential solar customers. It would cost Hesse $49 per...

 

39 killed by mudslides in Mexico; new storm aims for Baja

MEXICO CITY — Tropical Storm Javier pushed closer to the resort city of Cabo San Lucas on the tip of Mexico's Baja California Peninsula Monday, while the death toll from former Hurricane Earl rose to 39 in the country's eastern mountains. Communities in two states were digging out from weekend mudslides during heavy rains brought by remnants of Earl, which slammed into...

 

Confined without charges, a teenager's ordeal reveals strains within Minnesota's juvenile correctional system

Katelin Ferrell, age 17, recalls sobbing uncontrollably while trying to block out the sound of five adults screaming orders just inches from her face. Moments later, she says, staff at the Anoka County juvenile facility threw her to the floor, shackled her wrists and ankles, and left her isolated in her room. Not until the next day, Katelin says, was she finally taken to Mercy...

 

'A small group of tribal artists set out to save their art form, and they did'

Soon after winning a National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts in late June, Penobscot basketmaker Theresa Secord of Waterville called the recognition “the greatest honor that I could receive in my lifetime.” The fellowship is, after all, “the nation’s highest honor in the traditional arts”, as Portland Press Herald writer Bob Keyes noted....

 

Native Americans bring oil pipeline fight to Washington

The Dakota Access Pipeline is set to pass beneath the Missouri River less than a mile from North Dakota’s Standing Rock Reservation, where tribal members rely on the river as the sole water supply. Every day, the planned pipeline will transport 450,000 barrels of North Dakota oil 1,172 miles across North and South Dakota, Iowa, and Illinois, according to Energy Transfer...

 

Sioux Chef launches Kickstarter to open Twin Cities restaurant serving indigenous foods

A few years ago, chef Sean Sherman left his job running the kitchen at Common Roots Cafe in Uptown to start his own business. Sherman, who is Oglala Lakota and was born on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, wanted to cook the food of his ancestors. At the time, he was interested in starting a restaurant, but started with a food truck. Since then, Sherman, aka Sioux...

 

In Minnesota Wilderness, Young Traveler feels Native American Presence

This past June, 30-year-old Mikah Meyer set out from Washington, DC on a roadtrip across America to visit more than 400 sites within the U.S. National Park system. And VOA has been following him as he travels from state to state. Thanks to the stunning photographs and videos Mikah and his travel companion Andy Waldron have been sending us, we have a virtual front row seat to...

 

Inside Sen. McCain's Fight to Correct a Catch-22 Facing Arizona's Native American Students

Neglect and arguably education malpractice have been the shameful hallmarks of public schooling for many Native American students so it’s no surprise that when the state of Arizona finally offered another option, the parents of those children rushed to embrace it. In 2015, Native American families for the first time were allowed to tap into Arizona’s education savings...

 

Links between race, education, earnings complex

What people earn on average differs among gender and race. Men earn more than women, and whites earn more than members of other races. Beyond these general facts, things get complicated: What jobs are people seeking and getting? What levels of education and experience are they bringing? Is the difference between full- and part-time work factored in? It takes work to make...

 

Washington man dies in Northern Cheyenne reservation crash

BILLINGS (AP) – A south-central Washington state man was killed in a single-vehicle crash on the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation in Montana. The Montana Highway Patrol says the 29-year-old man from White Swan, Washington, was northbound on Secondary Highway 413 at about 12:30 a.m. Friday when his pickup truck drifted off the road between Busby and Kirby. It crashed into...

 

Fort Hall fire scorches 9,600 acres, remains out of control

Firefighters won their battle against the wildfire burning near Grace Sunday but lost ground to the blaze raging on the Fort Hall Indian Reservation. Both fires started Saturday and grew to a combined 1,700 acres by late Saturday night. The fire north of Grace was contained by 2 p.m. Sunday after scorching 200 acres and the flames were expected to be extinguished by Sunday...

 

After marijuana charges, questions on sovereignty emerge

The Flandreau Santee Sioux had an understanding with the federal government: the tribe could grow and sell marijuana so long as it kept it on the reservation and out of the hands of minors and criminals. It didn't have a deal with Marty Jackley. The South Dakota attorney general this week brought criminal charges against two Colorado consultants hired by the tribe to help set...

 

Indian tobacco is a blast from the past in Redding

An exciting population of native tobacco plant has emerged from its seed bank in Redding. It's difficult to know how long it has been waiting there for the right conditions to grow, but the bloom hints at some profoundly interesting American Indian history. As a professional botanist who conducts plant surveys in the North State, it's nearly impossible for me to turn off my...

 

METH: A constant battle, 'a huge problem'

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the first in a four-part series chronicling methamphetamine use on the Yankton Sioux Tribe Reservation in south-central South Dakota. Earlier this year, South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley proclaimed South Dakota is under a methamphetamine epidemic, and the Department of Justice has reported that Native Americans have the highest rates of meth...

 

Mercury Contamination: California Wants 187 Reservoirs to Issue Fish Consumption Warnings

California, beset by drought, has another water problem: reservoirs so contaminated with mercury that state officials want to issue warnings on fish consumption for 180 of 300 the state sampled. Most of the water bodies are clustered in central and southern California, according to a map compiled by the State Water Resources Control Board, which conducted the mercury sampling....

 

Thanks to feds, Native Americans suffer through the worst schools in the country

There are about 644,000 Native American students in the country, and they suffer some of the nation's worst schools. Four in ten won't graduate from high school and only one in five are proficient in math. Native American students lag far behind their peers in the traditional public schools. The sad state of Native American education is chronicled in a 10-minute...

 

Oscars Diversity: 5 Natives Invited To Join Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

According to an announcement by Sundance, five of the institute’s Native American and Indigenous Program alumni have been invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. This is a positive change for Oscars diversity as the Native artists become a part of the nominating and voting body of the Oscars, each within their own branches and on larger voting...

 

White Swan man dies in Northern Cheyenne reservation crash

BILLINGS, Mont. — A Lower Yakima Valley man was killed in a single-vehicle crash on the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation in Montana. The Montana Highway Patrol says the 29-year-old man from White Swan was northbound on Secondary Highway 413 at about 12:30 a.m. Friday when his pickup truck drifted off the road between Busby and Kirby. It crashed into the end of a...

 

Decision in tribal enrollment case still unknown

WEBSTER—The decision for the St. Croix Tribe of Chippewa enrollment case involving the appeal of five individuals to gain back their tribal enrollment remains unknown. According to St. Croix tribal attorney Jeffrey Cormell, the acting judge on the case, Stockbridge-Munsee tribal judge Candace Des Armo Coury, has pushed back the deadline on making her decision in the case...

 

Another Oglala Lakota Slain Before His Time

Mere hours after Todd Little Bull predicted he would be killed on what appears to be his Social Media page, the young Oglala Lakota was gunned down at or near his home north of Sharps Corner on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation early Tuesday morning. It was August 2, Little Bull’s 25th birthday. On a Facebook page that has since been shut down, Indigenous Life Movement...

 

Number of Native Americans Killed By Police Could Double By End of 2016

The number of Native Americans killed by police is on track to double this year, according to a report from The Guardian. So far this year, 13 Native Americans have been killed in officer-involved incidents, while “fatal police shootings of black, white, Hispanic and Asian Americans have all gone down slightly or remained roughly the same from 2015 into 2016,” according to...

 

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