Indigenous-led school aims for success
May 28, 2021
The national non-profit NDN Collective plans to open an independent, Indigenous-led school in Rapid City, South Dakota, for Native students. School administrators project opening it with 40 students in fall 2022. The goal is to engage Native students to assume leadership roles. The school curriculum also aims to strengthen culture, identity, and community investment.
The 8,534 Native students who attend schools in Rapid City lag behind peers locally and nationally. Rapid City with a population of 75,258 ranks as South Dakota’s second largest town.
While South Dakota Native students may falter in school, American Indian and Alaska Native students excel in nine other states. Native students have a 90 percent high-school graduation rate in Delaware.