News in Brief

Tribal Students Sue Feds Over School Conditions

Article Tools
  • PrintPrinter-Friendly
  • EmailEmail Article
  • ReprintReprints
  • CommentsComments

Nine children from an Arizona tribe are suing the federal government, alleging that they and other children in Bureau of Indian Education schools have been routinely denied the right to a basic education.

The children, ages six to 15, are members of the Havasupai tribe based in and around the Grand Canyon's South Rim. The complaint, filed in U.S. District Court in Arizona, names the Bureau of Indian Education and the U.S. Interior Department as defendants.

According to the lawsuit, the K-8 Havasupai Elementary School shuts down for weeks at a time because there aren't enough teachers. The school also lacks textbooks and a functioning library, and only teaches students math and reading when open.

According to the complaint, Havasupai Elementary is among the worst-performing schools in the nation. The federal civil rights complaint, filed by the Native American Disability Law Center, also alleges that the school has failed to properly evaluate and educate students with disabilities, with some spending as little as three hours per week in school.

Vol. 36, Issue 18, Page 4

Published in Print: January 18, 2017, as Tribal Students Sue Feds Over School Conditions
Related Stories
Notice: We recently upgraded our comments. (Learn more here.) If you are logged in as a subscriber or registered user and already have a Display Name on edweek.org, you can post comments. If you do not already have a Display Name, please create one here.
Ground Rules for Posting
We encourage lively debate, but please be respectful of others. Profanity and personal attacks are prohibited. By commenting, you are agreeing to abide by our user agreement.
All comments are public.

Back to Top Back to Top

Most Popular Stories

Viewed

Emailed

Recommended

Commented