Indigenous history, culture cut from South Dakota standards
August 12, 2021
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Teachers, educators and other South Dakota citizens charged with crafting new state social studies standards said Tuesday that Gov. Kristi Noem's administration deleted many elements intended to bolster students' understanding of Native American history and culture from their draft standards.
Members of the working group - appointed by the Department of Education to review and update the standards - said they were caught by surprise on Friday when the department released a document with significant changes. New standards are released every seven years. They said changes made to the draft they submitted in late July gave it a political edge they had tried to avoid, instead aligning with the Republican governor's rhetoric on what she calls patriotic education.
The working group's draft recommended including Native American culture from Oceti Sakowin stories in kindergarten to studying tribal banking systems in high school, but the department cut many of those recommendations.