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Tribal school employees could receive federal benefits under S.D. lawmakers' measure

Seeking to improve recruiting and retention efforts in the nation’s government-funded tribal schools, U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem and U.S. Sens. John Thune and Mike Rounds, each Republicans from South Dakota, have introduced bicameral legislation that would provide educators with federal health and life insurance benefits.

“This legislation makes an important investment in tribal youth by enhancing employee retention efforts and allowing tribal schools to prioritize funding for tangible education items to improve students’ overall learning experience,” said Sen. Thune, chairman of the U.S. Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, who introduced the measure in the U.S. Senate with Sen. Rounds signing on as the original cosponsor.


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