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As School Starts, More States Focus on Native American Students

 


On the Spokane Indian Reservation, in eastern Washington, a group of about 40 public school teachers gathered last month, in a field of reeds that stretched as high as their heads.

Before harvesting the reeds, or tules, to make mats, they prayed. Later, they left tobacco as a gift. By learning the rituals of the Spokane tribe, the teachers of the Wellpinit School District hope to connect the culture to their lessons to get their students — almost all of whom are indigenous — to be more engaged.

In Washington and across the U.S., Native American students struggle more than any other student group to attend school consistently and graduate on time.

http://www.ktoo.org/2016/09/22/school-starts-states-focus-native-american-students/

 

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